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Thebes, Illinois

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Thebes is a village in Alexander County, Illinois, United States. The population was 478 at the 2000 census.

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IL Alexander CH- Thebes
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nrhp # 72000447- Thebes Courthouse- A hand-hewn stone courthouse built at Thebes overlooks the Mississippi River. Dred Scott was a slave whose eleven-year legal fight ended with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that Scott was still a slave, which preceded the Civil War. Legend says Scott stayed one night in the courthouse jail. Historians have found records that an African-American man spent one night there, about the time Scott might have learned the outcome of the decision from the high court, and turned himself in to the nearest authorities. Some say Abe Lincoln may have tried a case there. It appears Lincoln never practiced law at the Thebes courthouse, but was acquainted with a local family, and probably visited in their home. The Alexander county seat was at America 1819-1833, Unity 1833-1845, Thebes 1845-1860, and then at Cairo. from southernmostillinoishistory.net

Trip to Historic Thebes Illinois 41:  River Gauge

Trip to Historic Thebes Illinois 41: River Gauge
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We visited the historic Thebes Courthouse and saw the Thebes railroad bridge. Abraham Lincoln is said to have practiced law here and Dred Scott (a slave) was held in the dungeons. The town was also mentioned in the movie Showboat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thebes,_Illinois en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thebes_Bridge

Old Alexander County Courthouse (Thebes, Illinois)

Old Alexander County Courthouse (Thebes, Illinois)
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Built in 1848, this nice old Classical Revival courthouse was built literally on a bluff over looking the Mississippi River. I tried to take a picture of this face of the courthouse from the bluff, but There is no place to stand up there. It was used until 1884, when the seat of the county was moved to the city of Cairo at the southernmost point of the county were the Mississippi meets the Ohio.

Old Alexander County Courthouse (Thebes, Illinois)

Old Alexander County Courthouse (Thebes, Illinois)
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Built in 1848, this nice old Classical Revival courthouse was built literally on a bluff over looking the Mississippi River. It was used until 1884, when the seat of the county was moved to the city of Cairo at the southernmost point of the county were the Mississippi meets the Ohio. This site is today a state historic site.

Post Office 62990 (Thebes, Illinois)

Post Office 62990 (Thebes, Illinois)
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Thebes is a small town located on the Mississippi River in western Alexander County, Illinois. It used to be the county's seat until the year 1884 when the seat of government was moved to Cairo.

Towboat on the Mississippi

Towboat on the Mississippi
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We stopped to watch two towboats pushing barges on the Mississippi River. One was traveling northward while the other, faster moving one, was headed south.

C&NW power on UP at Thebes, IL

C&NW power on UP at Thebes, IL
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C&NW 5086 leads a westbound UP freight around the curve just east of the Thebes Bridge over the Mississippi River on a sunny March afternoon in 1991.

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IMG_2335
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Old Courthouse in Thebes Illinois en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thebes,_Illinois

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ALEXANDER_DSC_0417
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Old Alexander county courthouse Thebes IL built in 1848. Thebes was the county seat from 1848 to 1864 at which time it was moved to Cairo

Mississippi River (Thebes, Illinois)

Mississippi River (Thebes, Illinois)
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This is the view of the railroad bridge that crosses the Mississippi River at Thebes as seen from the steps of the old Thebes Courthouse.

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Thebes-212
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Flooding of the Mississippi River in early May. In Thebes, Illinois. Looking towards the Missouri side of the river.

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Thebes-211
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Looking towards the Missouri side of the Mississippi River from Thebes, Illinois. Taken in May 2011.

Eagle

Eagle
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Yeah, I know it's a lousy shot. Just wanted to show that I really did see an eagle on this ride.

Thebes Bridge #1

Thebes Bridge #1
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Old MP-SSW bridge that carries the UP Chester Sub over the Mississippi River.

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Thebes-210
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Thebes Courthouse in Southern Illinois. On our roadtrip April-May 2011.

Old Thebes Courthouse Marker (Thebes, Illinois)

Old Thebes Courthouse Marker (Thebes, Illinois)
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Located on the front of the 1848 Alexander County Courthouse in Thebes

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Thebes-213
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Flooding of the Mississippi River in early May. In Thebes, Illinois.

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DSC00645
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Sunset across The Mississippi River 5-19-2007

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DSC_0418
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Overlooking the Mississippi from Thebes IL

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Thebes-214
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Thebes Courthouse.



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