Cahokia Mounds, Illinois
Sky Watch Friday
Sky Watch Friday
Old Shawneetown, Illinois, is located on the Ohio River in the southern tip of Illinois. It is called Old Shawneetown because the town was almost destroyed by the Ohio River flood of 1937. Most of the residents moved several miles inland from the river and formed New Shawneetown.
A Shawnee village was started on this spot sometime before 1750. Lewis and Clark came through the area in 1803 on their way to Missouri. The US government chartered the town after the Revolutionary War. In 1812 the first bank in Illinois was built here, it was a log cabin. The bank in my photos was built in 1839 and closed because of the flood in 1937.
There is a town called Metropolis along the Ohio River at the very bottom of Illinois. In 1972 the state of Illinois made Metropolis the official hometown of Superman.
In 1973 a California man named Jim Hambrick opened a Superman Museum. The museum has a collection of over 100,000 items. One of his most prized items is the suit worn by George Reeves in the first color television episodes of “Adventures of Superman.”
Every year over 30,000 visitors from around the globe descend on the town for the annual Metropolis Superman Celebration. The annual event is held the second weekend of June. This year will its 36th year. The celebration will be June 12 to 15, 2014.
The town of Metropolis is hoping to become a Guinness World Record holder by being part of the world’s largest-ever gathering of people dressed as Superman. To date the largest gathering of people dressed as Superman is 867 people that gathered in Cumbria, UK, on 27 July, 2013.
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