Mansions in the Fading City of Cairo, Illinois

Cairo, once a thriving river town of over 15,000 people feels like a ghost town with less than 3000 people and many abandoned buildings and dilapidated structures.  Many wonderful historic buildings have been lost to time.

We did find a few old mansions holding on to a different era.  The street, Washington Avenue, where these homes are located, was once called Millionaires Row.

Riverlore Mansion, Cairo, Illinois (built 1865)
Riverlore Mansion, Cairo, Illinois (built 1865)

 

Magnolia Manor, Cairo, Illinois (built 1869)

Magnolia Manor, Cairo, Illinois (built 1869)

Lorraine Motel

Moments after King was shot on April 4, 1968
Moments after King was shot on April 4, 1968

Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

As we were in Memphis, I felt obligated to go by this place and pay a few moments of respect and reflect on how far we have come and how far we still have to go.

And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the threats… or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers? Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop.  And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land! And so I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!

Martin Luther King, April 3, 1968

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