DescriptionIllinois, Kentucky and Missouri are separated at Cairo by the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Built on a peninsula and protected by a huge levee, the settlement was named Cairo for its supposed resemblance to the Egyptian city.
During the Civil War Cairo was the site of a Union Army training and supply encampment. From this base Gen. Ulysses S. Grant waged his decisive campaigns against forts Henry and Donelson.
The Cairo Public Library, 1609 Washington Ave., houses such displays as a rare Tiffany grandfather clock and artwork, including a copy of a painting by Raphael; phone (618) 734-1840.
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