The Cairo Mississippi River Bridge is a cantilever bridge carrying U.S. Route 60 and U.S. Route 62 across the Mississippi River between Bird's Point, Missouri and Cairo, Illinois.
Design: Cantilever bridge
Longest span: 701 feet (214 m)
Total length: 5,175 feet (1,577 m)
Clearance below: 114 feet (35 m)
Opening date: 1929
The Cairo Ohio River Bridge is a cantilever bridge carrying US 51, US 60 and US 62 across the Ohio River between and Wickliffe, Kentucky and Cairo, Illinois.
Design: Cantilever bridge
Longest span: 243 84 meters (800 feet)
Total length: 1,787.26 meters (5,863.7 feet)
Width: 6.10 meters (20 feet)
Vertical clearance: 5.97 meters (19.6 feet) --- Traffic not barges
Opening date: 1937
A simple cantilever span is formed by two cantilever arms extending from opposite sides of the obstacle to be crossed, meeting at the center. In a common variant, the suspended span, the cantilever arms do not meet in the center; instead, they support a central truss bridge which rests on the ends of the cantilever arms. The suspended span may be built off-site and lifted into place, or constructed in place using special traveling supports.
The park is the southern tip of Illinois and is formed by the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. History has passed this place throughout the centuries.
The 1st steamboat on the western waters was in this vicinity when the New Madrid earthquake shattered the silence, sending the river out of it's banks. Whole loops of the river reversed directions.
Abraham Lincoln floated past this point on a raft taking produce south to New Orleans for sale. It would be his first experience in the slave holding part of the nation.
The American Revolution arrived when George Rogers Clark and his company of soldiers rounded the point heading to St. Louis and conquest of the British posts on the eastern shore of the Mississippi River.
Cairo built ironclads for the American Civil War (War Between the States) and the Union Armies floated south on the Mississippi River from St. Louis and other points driving a wedge between the eastern and western states of the Confederacy.
Route 3 and I-57, Box 10, Cairo, Illinois, 62914, United States
Good for: Couples
First picture: Topographic map of the river joining. Note the town of Cairo is just on the left top edge of the map. In spring it can become an island.
Second picture: Topographic map of the area, showing how the tip is set off by a narrows to the north, where the Mississippi and the Ohio Rivers. Note that Interstate 57 crosses the Mississippi River north of the point.
Third picture: An aerial phot of the Cairo Point. Several things are visible in this picture. a) the Ohio is murky (mud or pollution) and does not mix with the water of the Mississippi. b) The Ohio is where all the barge traffic is. c) levees are visible (and labeled) along the rivers showing the flood plains and how wide the river can become in spring.
The Mississippi River, derived from the old Ojibwe word misi-ziibi meaning 'great river' (gichi-ziibi 'big river' at its headwaters), is the second-longest river in North America, with a length of 2,320 miles (3,733 km) from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River is part of the Jefferson-Missouri-Mississippi river system, which is the largest in North America and among the largest in the world: by length (6,275 km or 3,900 miles), it is the third longest, and by average discharge (16,200 m³/s), it is the tenth largest. The longest of the many long Mississippi tributaries is the Missouri River with the Arkansas River as second longest. Measured by water volume, the largest of all Mississippi tributaries is the Ohio River.
The Ohio River is the largest tributary by volume of the Mississippi River. It is approximately 981 miles (1,579 km) long and is located in the eastern United States. Wikepedia The Ohio River 'officially starts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where the Alleghany River from the north joins the Monogahela River from the south. It flows westward through a deep valley of green. For most of it's length, it forms the border between states. On the north are Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. On the south are West Virginia and Kentucky.
Originally, Virginia claimed all the lands north and west of there southern boundaries, including Kentucky and all lands north of there. In the joining together after the War of Independence, Virginia agreed to give up it's western claims (as did other states)