Charlie Birger shakes
hands with his executioner
before his hanging in Benton.
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  • Cairo and the Confluence
    Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, Cairo's history is a rich tapestry from the Underground Railroad and the Civil War to the Civil Rights Era of today. The site includes story links as well as various pictures and postcards of this historic city.
  • Indians of Southern Illinois
    From the mound builders of the Mississippian culture to the Indians who interacted with the pioneers and gave their name to this state, this page focuses on the Native American heritage of the region.
  • Old Slave House
    Standing atop Hickory Hill overlooking the Saline Valley, the Old Slave House serves as a reminder when free blacks lived in terror of the kidnappers led in part by John Hart Crenshaw. Slavery existed in the Land of Lincoln. This is that story.
  • Outlaws of Cave-in-Rock
    Mason, the Harpes, Ford, Potts — The outlaws of the Cave-in-Rock region terrorized honest citizens for a century through open piracy, highway robbery, counterfeiting and arson. These tales tell the story of the major characters which gave 19th Century Hardin County a bad name.
  • Underground Railroad
    Southern Illinois is not known as a major site for Underground Railroad activity, but it did exist here in competition with the kidnappers.

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