Exploring The Abandoned Town Of Cairo, Illinois Is The Closest Thing You’ll Get To Time Travel
Cairo, Illinois is an abandoned town that sits at the tri-state with Kentucky and Missouri. Basically the entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places, and history is hidden everywhere.
Like many towns in America, here is one that began with prejudice and racism, and it is one that was swallowed up by it as well. A town named after greed itself, this once beautiful place is now a shell of its former glory. Read on to learn more about the true story behind this Illinois ghost town.
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Today, there are about 2,000 residents left, most of whom live in Cairo because they have no place else to go. This near-ghost town offers an inexpensive place to live, but there are not many businesses left for people to utilize. If you’ve ever been to this abandoned town, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your experiences and photos with us below in the comments.
An Illinois transplant who grew up and went to school in Indiana for 22 years, Elizabeth holds a BFA in creative writing and has enjoyed traveling across the country and parts of Europe. She has visited half of the states, as well as parts of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and regularly travels home to the Hoosier State to see friends and family. With more than five years of writing experience, Elizabeth’s articles have been featured on several websites, and her poetry and short stories have been published in multiple literary journals.
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