CAIRO street scenes, birds eye views and such

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Cairo looking west on the B&O Railroad, image from a post card circa 1910. B&O mainline through town in center, side track to the right and the left is an interchange track with the narrow gauged C&K Railroad. In the distance the Iron truss RR bridge, the Cairo depot on the right and the Bank building as the highest building on the right.

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Enlargement of a portion of the 1899 Fowler map of Cairo.
the center is the iron B&O Railroad bridge
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Circa 1900 photo of Cairo looking west. Noted are the covered bridge back left , the boarding house/ hotel Omega in the foreground where the new Cairo bank building site and the road UNDER that boardwalk is the road to Overton Heights. This is the only view of this section of the often remembered boardwalk though town I recall seeing. Note the masonic/ Flesher/ drugstore building was not yet constructed and the biggest of our towns hotel – in the center of the photo- has not yet burned down. It was The Dunlop Hotel (spelling?)
Photo found on the North Bend Railtrail site.

(Paula Robbins) In pictures of Ritchie County from this era, I’m always startled at how little forest existed at that time. It seems that within the first century after European settlement, most of the forest was clear cut.

Indeed. by 1900 almost all of the county had been cleared for farming. Wood lands were uncommon and things like deer ceased to exist – my father recalls someone shooting a deer and the entire community coming to see.. When the population predominately lived entirely off the land it was very much an agrarian community. Good observation Paula!






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1913 post marked post card of College Street, Cairo. The school is down the street on the right- with bell tower. It was across from the swinging bridge location that is yet in use. During my life in Cairo the old school lot, on College St, was the school bus garage. So this is looking from the turn where Peg and Wayne Haugh lived during much of my life and the street would end where later Clyde and Leota Marshall would add their “new” house

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