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Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 14 Sep 2022 10:10:20 -0700
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There were great hopes for this location, particularly because of the 
interest from the Illinois Central Railroad.  As was mentioned several 
times by Lansden, the location far outweighed the topography in peoples 
minds.  The area was known as Little Egypt because of the name, Cairo.

On 9/14/22 09:53, John Peter Zavez wrote:
> Stephen A. Douglas refers to "Egypt" throughout the L-D Debates, so Cairo must have been much more prominent then than now.
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> From: Mark Twain Forum<[log in to unmask]>  On Behalf Of Scott Holmes
> Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 11:56 AM
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> Subject: Cairo, Illinois
> I got a bit carried away in researching the history of this Twain-related landmark, but for those interested, here is a rewrite of my entry on this location in "Twain's Geography".  The early days - up to and including the Civil War drew the interest of some eminent authors of those times.
/Unaffiliated Geographer and Twain aficionado/