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Cairo City Cemetery

Villa Ridge, Illinois

The City of Cairo, Illinois is the southernmost municipality in Illinois, located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Cairo is the county seat of Alexander County, and has a population of about 3,600 people - more than a third of the population of the county. Its name is pronounced "CARE-oh", unlike that of the Egyptian city for which it was named.

Cairo, established in 1818, was one of several towns in the region that were named for locations of Classical civilization. Thebes and Karnak are nearby, in Alexander and Pulaski Counties, respectively; further north are Sparta, Lebanon and New Athens; and about one hundred miles south is Memphis, Tennessee, also named for a major Egyptian city. Due to these names, and the resemblance of southern Illinois to the Nile River delta, the region gained the name "Little Egypt".

Cairo City Cemetery is located a few miles north of the city - in Pulaski County, nearer the town of Villa Ridge.

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entering Cairo

Cairo Custom House

Desert Storm memorial

Ohio River

entrance sign

flag

toward Calvary

Behind Kaufman Mausoleum

east side shafts

Mother Rosa

Newman

Kaufman Mausoleum

John F Sawyer

Hall

L.D. Butler

Green

At Rest

Alba from afar

Emma Parker, Nellie and William Winter

Nathan Stancil

Royall

Dr Daniel Arter, Milly A Arter

Arter's Block

Arter obelisks

Koehler

Schoembs

west side monuments

monument with finial

George and Ruth Smith

William and Mina Alba

Alba

Alba headstones

Conrad and Barbara Neff Alba

Gilkey

Becker

Kohler

Stehr

Steagala

elevated section

elevated section

elevated section

Mason

Augustus Winter

McNulty

Britton

Winifred

Rawlings

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