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A History of the City of Cairo, Illinois
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Lying at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, Cairo is a city that looks both south and north. Its location was to become vital to the North during the Civil War, and its character was shaped by its southern experience. Cairo was incorporated in 1818, the year Illinois was admitted into the Union.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-i
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. ii-iii
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. I. Sketch of the Illinois Country
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. II. Early French Explorers and Missionary Priests
  2. pp. 18-26
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  1. III. The Illinois Territorial Government
  2. pp. 25-29
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  1. IV. The City of Cairo of 1818
  2. pp. 30-38
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  1. V. Cairo's Site and Place from 1818 to 1836
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. VI. The City of Cairo from 1836 to 1846--The Illinois Central Railroad Co. of 1836--The Illinois Exporting Co.--The Cairo City and Canal Co.
  2. pp. 41-57
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  1. VII. The Cairo City and Canal Co.--Succeeded by the Cairo City Property Trust--Cairo from June 13, 1846, to December 23, 1853
  2. pp. 58-62
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  1. VIII. Cairo's Site and Its Abrasions by the Rivers--Levees and Levee Construction--Highest Known Floods
  2. pp. 63-78
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  1. IX. Low Lots and Grounds--Seepage--The Linegar Bill--Street Filling--City Indebtedness
  2. pp. 79-84
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  1. X. The Wharf and Wharfage--Riparian Rights
  2. pp. 85-89
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  1. XI. Geological Formations--The Signal Station--The River Gauge--Temperatures and Rain-Falls
  2. pp. 90-95
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  1. XII. The Illinois Central Railroad
  2. pp. 96-112
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  1. XIII. Maps and Plats
  2. pp. 111-136
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  1. XIV. The Ohio and Mississippi Rivers--The Territory Drained--The Ohio River as a Boundary
  2. pp. 116-119
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  1. XV. The Health of the City
  2. pp. 120-127
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  1. XVI. Cairo During the War 1861-1865
  2. pp. 128-137
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  1. XVII. Churches
  2. pp. 138-147
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  1. XVIII. The Schools
  2. pp. 148-152
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  1. XIX. The A. B. Safford Memorial Library--The Woman's Club and LIbrary Association--St. Mary's Infirmary--The United States Marine Hospital
  2. pp. 153-156
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  1. XX. The Trustees of the Cairo City Property--The Trustees of the Cairo Trust Property--Some of Their Civil Engineers--The Cairo Newspapers
  2. pp. 157-166
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  1. XXI. Cairo in Servitude to Land Companies
  2. pp. 167-169
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  1. XXII. The American Notes
  2. pp. 170-176
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  1. XXIII. The Town Government of Two Years and the City Government of Fifty-Three Years--The Seventeen Mayors
  2. pp. 177-189
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  1. XXIV. Darius B. Holbrook--Miles A. Gilbert--Samuel Staats Taylor--William Parker Halliday-Halliday Brothers
  2. pp. 190-207
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  1. XXV. The Growth of "The Three States"
  2. pp. 208-210
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  1. XXVI. Alexander County and Its Other Towns, and Its Earliest Settlers
  2. pp. 211-216
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  1. XXVII. Harrell's Short History--The History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties
  2. pp. 217-219
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  1. XXVIII. Other Railroads--Illinois Central and Thebes Railroad Bridges--The Cairo Harbor and Bacon Rock--The Ferries: Cairo's Need of
  2. pp. 220-230
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  1. XXIX. Cairo Banks--Building and Loan Associations--The Custom House--The Halliday Hotel--The Springfield Block--The Court of Common Pleas
  2. pp. 231-239
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  1. XXX. Extracts from Books, Pamphlets and Letters
  2. pp. 240-254
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  1. XXXI. Fort Jefferson--Bird's Point and the Birds
  2. pp. 255-260
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  1. XXXIII. Cairo as a Business Place or Point--The Future of the City
  2. pp. 280-284
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 285-286
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-303
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  1. List of Sponsors of This Edition
  2. pp. 305-306
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  1. Back Cover
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