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Fort Defiance Park, Cairo

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  • This area is a great part of the history of America. Others have said it. The park is not pretty, but the views of the rivers are. There was a lot of standing water in the park when we visited. And th...  more »
  • My husband is from this area and he made sure we stopped here to see it.. Glad he did! It was a cool place to look out onto the river.  more »
  • This is the confluence of the two mightiest rivers in the U.S.: the Mississippi and the Ohio. Unfortunately, that is about all it has going for it. This park has been in disrepair-- actually a state o...  more »
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  • It is really to see where to powerful rivers converge. You can see eddy currents being created by the force of the two rivers.
  • Great place to stop or come and visit! I went a half an hour out of my way back from Memphis to check out this little park and the rivers. Took a few time lapses of barges and the sunset. Beautiful little park!
  • This was a must-stop for my son and I as he's reading "Huckleberry Finn" and we wanted to view the all-important spot. The view was great, and the park wasn't badly dirty - nothing like the 30-year-old article from the Chicago Tribune which is inexplicably easily found on a Google search for "Fort Defiance park,", but overall atmosphere was one of poor maintenance and abandonment. A concrete foundation was near the parking lot and observation tower, but it was impossible to tell what it had been. Very little signage other than the monument to the Lewis & Clark expedition which does admit that the actual confluence was some miles north two centuries ago. Overall it seems a sad testament to our country's nearly forgotten river days. I found our visit to Paducah and the confluence of the Tennessee and the Cumberland into the Ohio (although we couldn't view the exact spot) to be much more uplifting and informative. I left Fort Defiance feeling oddly let down and sad.
  • The mighty Mississippi is smaller than the huge Ohio at the confluence.After they get together, the view is breathtaking and spectacular.
  • Don't miss it. The history, the views. Awesome.