Joan and I stopped and photographed in Cairo Illinois twice this past June. The last time I was in Cairo, eight to ten years ago, there was a lot more standing. The buildings seem to be falling in at an accelerated rate. Having attended elementary school in the Chicago Public Schools, we were taught Chicago history and some facts about Illinois, but little to nothing was presented about the land south of Springfield. After living and traveling around the South for the past twenty-eight years, this town feels much more “Southern” to me than many old towns in the Deep South. Once an important port city this place is fascinating but doesn’t look like it will be standing much longer.
All Photographs by Joan Bertolaet.