Cairo: Another View

In Spring 2010, I traveled to Cairo, Illinois to do research for my book, The Sears Homes of Illinois. In Cairo, I met up with a dear friend, Richard Kearney, who was kind enough to spend an entire day with the affable author (that’d be me). Richard, a lifelong...

Cairo, Illinois: Can This City Be Saved?

Despite a last-minute plea from desperate Missourians, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the plan to flood 132,000 acres of prime Missouri farmland will go forward. Flooding the farms will spare the tiny town of Cairo, Illinois, population – 2,800. The...

Farmland 0, Cairo 1 (Second Update)

Monday night (May 2), they finally did it. The Army Corp of Engineers blew the levees at Birds Point in Southeast Missouri, flooding 200 square miles of Missouri’s best farmland. The farms – those silly patches of black dirt where we produce the food that...