The Cairo Custom House Museum is located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Cairo, Illinois. The Custom House was built in 1872 under the auspices of then supervising architect for the US Treasurer Department, Alfred B. Mullett. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to it being a Custom House where duties were collected, it was also home to the US Post office on the first floor, various government offices on the second floor and a federal court room on the third floor. The building sat empty for many years until 1992 when the first floor was opened as a museum. The renovation has continued and now there are displays and artifacts on all three floors. The Federal Courtroom has not be completed as yet because funding is needed. Historical items on display include a desk used by General Ulysses S. Grant while he was stationed here in Cairo during the Civil war, a replica of the USS Gunboat Cairo, an 1865 Cairo Fire Pumper, and a Lewis and Clark Display. The second floor has an art gallery, a general store, a World War I and II room and much more.
Official Great River Road Interpretive Center
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns. Learn more >