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  SIU's mascot, Egyptian purebred Saluki dog
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When visiting Illinois, go beyond Chicago; go all the way to Little Egypt! Because of a drought in Northern & Central Illinois, people traveled to Southern Illinois to buy grain as was done in the Bible (Genesis 42:1-3); thus, it was tagged as Little Egypt. Towns such as Cairo, Thebes, and Dongola even took on Egyptian names. (Of course, the southerners pronounce them differently!) And, Southern Illinois University...my university...adopted the Saluki, an Egyptian dog as its mascot.
Outdoor life can be enjoyed year-round in Little Egypt. The weather is similar to northern parts of Georgia.
This area has wild vegetation, many lakes, high cliffs, and even a waterfall! The reason that this area is so different from the flat plains north of it is:The ancient glaciers bypassed it. During the last Ice Age, glaciers stopped moving approximately where Illinois Route 13 now lays...its landscape was sculpted by glacier meltwaters.
You will see whitetailed deer, turkey, geese on the land and in the waterways you will see bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish (that is why Southern Illinois is a "mecca" for anglers and hunters).
You don't have to be an outdoorsman/woman to enjoy Little Egypt. You just need your senses to see the beauty, smell the fresh air, and feel the multi textures of the land.

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  • Updated Sep 29, 2004
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