This is the 1938 view book of the city of Cairo that was prepared for the dedication of the Ohio River Bridge. It is loaded with wonderful photos of every aspect of public life in Cairo. Photos of a lot of the homes at this time are included as well.
[Photo of] "The Hewer"
Erected in memory of William Parker Halliday
CAIRO VIEW BOOK
Commemorating the opening of the Ohio River Bridge – November 11, 1938
A History About Cairo
[Portrait of Mayor August Bode]
The historic meeting place of "Father Mississippi" and "La Belle Ohio"
has been, since the days of Joliet and Marquette, a stopping point for
exploreres and settlers. On the oldest maps known it is marked "Ancient
The first settlement here was made in 1818 and the place was called Cairo. In 1836 the Illinois Central Railroad came here giving the struggling little place new life, and in 1853, the city, as it is now laid out, began its corporate existence.
Since the time of the explorers and in these later days, Cairo has been visited by many notables. Andrew Jackson, Charles Dickens, Zachery Taylor, William M. Thackeray, Grant, Jefferson Davis, Garfield, John A. Logan, William Jennings Bryan, Theodore Roosevelt and Taft have been entertained here. Warships, gunboats and torpedo boat destroyers have all anchored in deep water at Cairo.
During the Civil War Cairo was a strategic point for campaigns in the south. Much of its picturesque history is concerned with those days. Since that day many Cairo citizens have been honored in the history of this country.
Cairo is distinguished for its atmosphere of good homes, fine trees, historic places, public buildings, parks, and above all for its friendliness, courtesy and hospitality.
Within thes pages you may see what Cairo is in a business, commercial, social, and religious way. Here is pictured the Cairo of today with its great bridges, its river terminals, its opportunities, its diversified assets, its many and varied attractions are set before you.
All who come this way are invited to stop, view and enjoy this city at a point which ever furnishes a real thrill to every traveler.
Looking north on Commerical Avenue from 6th Street
Looking North on Washington Avenue from 8th Street
Historical Halliday Hotel
Cairo High School
Cairo High School Band
First Bank & Trust Co. - 8th and Washington
Interior of First Bank & Trust Co.
Watson's Confectionery, 8th Street
Cade the Florist, 8th Street
Karcher Shoe Store, 8th Street
The Keller Coffee Shop, 8th Street
The Kiwanis Club
The Rotary Club
Junior Association of Commerce
The Security National Bank, 8th & Commercial
Interior of Security National Bank
Karcher Brothers new Funeral Home, established 1858
Hotel Cairo, 1 mile from Kentucky and Missouri Bridges
Lobby of Rodgers Theatre and picture machines
Interior of Rodgers Theatre from front and rear
The Maxine Shoppe, 8th Street
Interior of Cairo Water Company Office showing employees
Business and Professional Womens Club
St. Teresa Circle No. 331 Daughters of Isabella
Junior Women's Club
Airplane view of Cairo showing I. C. Rail Bridge
National Cemetery erected as a monument to old soldiers, 5600 buried here.
View looking north on Washington Avenue from 22nd Street.
Modern Optometric Equipment of Drs. Williams and Williams, 237 8th Street
Neil's Cut Rate Drug Store, 8th Street
Lee J. May Clothing Store, 8th & Commercial Ave.
Fair Furniture Co., 907-909 Commercial Avenue
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. established in 1906 by W. E. McCarty
Interior view showing new machinery installed in 1938 at cost of $50,000
Woodward Hardware Co., established 1861
Employees of Woodward Hardware Co., Mr. G. W. Kirkbride, President
McKesson & Robbins, Inc., Schuh Division, established 1863
Interior of McKesson & Robbins, Inc., Schuh Division, office and display room
Cairo Paint & Glass Co., 8th & Commercial Ave.
Interior of Cairo Paint & Glass Co.
E. J. Walder Clothing Store
Interior of E. J. Walder Clothing Store
Cairo Public Library and staff
Edgewood Park looking west from Washington Ave.
Cairo Swimming Pool
Third Battalion 130th Infantry, Illinois National Guard commanded by Major Harry L. Bolen
Scene in Mounds, Illinois, on Highway No. 51 looking North
Airplane View of Mound City, Ill., showing Route 37
Piggly Wiggly Super Food Market, 20th & Washington Ave.
Interior Piggly Wiggly Super Food Market
Midwest Dairy Products Co., Cairo Plant, 4th & Commercial Ave.
Cairo Laundry Company, 34th & Commercial Ave.
Berbling Tire Company, 14th & Washington Ave.
Home and personnel of Berbling Funeral Service
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Page 30 - Missing
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Page 32 - Missing
Bryant's Drug Store, 8th & Washington Ave.
Office of Chas. H. Albers, State Receiver: E. L. Dupuy in charge
Elias Produce Company, 15th & Washington Ave.
Valley Lumber Co., 220 10th Street
American Legion and Boy Scout Troop No. 3
Cairo Girl Scouts
Cairo Boy Scouts
"Norman R" Tug Boat of Halliday Sand Co.
McFarland Lumber Co. and Swift Cotton Seed Oil Co. in background
Cairo Lumber Company
Sackberger and Benson Shell Service Station, 33rd & Sycamore
Interior of Uptown Theatre
Vehicle Supply Company
Lewis Bros., 34th & Sycamore
Interior Lewis Bros.
Cairo Board of Trade Building
Interior of Ruffin Funeral Home
Hayes Freight Line
Michelson's, 8th Street
Display Room Stelzer Auto Co.
McKnight-Keaton Grocery Co., Fleet of trucks and drivers
Birney Hotel, 7th & Washington Ave.
A. G. Stainforth Funeral Home
Briggs Lumber Company
Gateway City Oil Co.
Egyptian Country Club
Interior Egyptian Country Club
Illinois Central Freight and Passenger Station
Illinois Central Round House
Cairo Subway & Floodgate looking North on Route 51
Illinois Lumber Co.
Interior of Planing Mill, Illinois Lumber Co.
E. L. Bruce Company, looking South on Route 51
E. L. Bruce Company, view taken from Ohio River Levee
E. L. Bruce Company, looking North on Route 51
Daughters of American Revolution
City Council of Cairo
Scene on Route 51
Illinois Power & Light Company
Interior of Illinois Power & Light Company
A. Illinois-Missouri Bridge. B. Scene on Ohio River showing Barrett Fleet. C. Approach of new Illinois-Kentucky Bridge, looking toward Illinois. D. Approach Illinois-Missouri Bridge, looking toward Illinois. E. Scene on Ohio River Levee. F. Scene on Ohio River Levee. G. Scene on Ohio River showing Mississippi Vally Barge Line. H. Scene on Ohio River showing tow.
First Methodist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Presbyterian Church, Episcopal Church, Christian Church, Masonic Temple, Court House, A. M. E. Church, Cairo Baptist Church
St. Joseph Church with School in background, Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Patrick Church, Tigert Memorial Methodist Church, First Church of Christ Scientist
St. Mary's Infirmary
Cairo Post Office, Douglas School, Elmwood School, Lincoln School, Fire Department showing various date equipment, Safford School
Liberty Oil Company on Bridge Highway
Homes of: Dr. George Williams, Dr. J. W. Dunn home and office, A. C. Kobler, H. T. Hudson, Maxine Apartments, Leo Johnson, Harry Lind, J. P. Schuh
Homes of: O. B. Archibald, Earl Stout, Prentiss Thomas, Dr. Van Andrews, Judge W. S. Dewey, I. W. Rodgers, E. J. Walder, Dr. J. J. Rendleman
Homes of: Sam Elias, H. H. Halliday, Bill Griffin, F. M. Block, C. A. Hornbuckle, Carroll C. Carter, Lee J. May, Dr. E. D. Morrow
Homes of: J. B. Messenger, Louis H. Block, Harry W. Cade, Dr. Flint Bondurant, C. M. Roos, Bill Bryant, J. L. Harris, C. L. Keaton
Horseshoe Lake, Work under construction for Cairo's future High School Stadium, Scenes at Egyptian Country Club
Homes of: Herman Weber, Egbert A. Smith, Mrs. P. T. Langan, Dr. Jas. S. Johnson, Mrs. Oscar Herbert, Mrs. M. S. Carter, C. C. Terrell
C. E. DeCrow
Van Dyke Studio
Missourian Printing &
Contributed 14 Aug 2019, by Deborah McGee Cox, as a part of the McGee Collection.
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