June 16, 2014

The Hewer

The Hewer is a sculpture that sits in the middle of Halliday Park in Cairo, Illinois.  It was created by George Grey Bernard and cast in bronze.  The sculpture was commissioned by Miss Mary Halliday and was displayed at the 1904 Worlds Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.  It was presented to the City of Cairo in 1906 by the Halliday family in memory of Captain W. P. Halliday.  

The Hewer is a nude man hewing wood to save the people from a flood.  It is one of many historically interesting things in a city that at its highest population was 15,203 in 1920 but has dwindled to 2,831 residents as of 2010.

Cairo, Illinois, is the southern-most city in Illinois, and is about the same distance to Birmingham, Alabama, as it is to Chicago, Illinois, and I would say has more in common with the first as opposed to the latter.  The sign into Cairo used to read "Gateway to the South".

I was born and raised in Cairo, Illinois, and still work there; however, in 2005, I moved to another town in southern Illinois 35 miles north of Cairo.

Cairo has a rich and interesting history.   There are several beautiful buildings and homes in Cairo.  I will be blogging about some of those, as well as other points of interest in southern Illinois.  I hope to showcase the beauty of southern Illinois.


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