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Historic Cairo

The Underpass Gate







Construction of the "big Subway Gate" began on April 29th, 1914 and was completed on August 23, 1914 by Stupp Brothers of St. Louis, Mo. The gate weighs 80 tons, is 60' wide, 24' high, and 5' thick. The counter weights used to raise and lower the gate weigh almost as much as the gate itself. The gate was built to protect the city from flooding.


March 2003 Photo




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