After seeing the main historic district in Cairo all boarded up and in decay, we drove back a few blocks to see if anything still existed in the city and we came across an entire block of these old classic houses!
Cairo Il. May have been the weirdest place we saw on the trip.. a city that looks like at one time it thrived..but now its a hollowed out shell with a liquor store open at 9am..
The Corp Of Discovery must have seen this as a wild and unique place.. now its very much in a city with industry all around…Still amazing large rivers meeting to form one REALLY big one…
at the tip of Illinois, Where the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers meet is a small St. Park Called Ft. Defiance..Names for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the park is run down by most standards, but it sits in an unbelievable location.
So you see a lot of Random things along the road.. from a distance this fire looked fairly large.. and as we got closer and closer it looked more reasonable.. We saw some Roadside men.. and lots of Barges and handlers
We like to tour cemeteries both for the rich history and to pay our respect to the people before us…and.. the Dogs love em..Fenced..nice grass for a roll..lots of smiles
We had not seen a Piggly wiggly Grocery store in a long time.. but the chain is alive and well in the south.. So fun saying Wobbly hog! Other shots here of Clarkdsdale.. the quintessential Mississippi Town
Home of the Delta Blues Clarksdale Mississippi…The town seems to still have some character and life, but the buildings and clubs look a little beat down…pretty cool place on our trip.
As we wheeled North on the country back roads along the river, we crossed a lot of interesting and simple old buildings..The South has a way of aging things…
Looking at the Maps, I think you could technically drive along the top of the levee the whole way to Itasca St. Park..This Levee seemed to go on for miles.. but there were some spots were cars could no longer go..