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If you find yourself in the southern part of the state of Illinois,(clear at the bottom near Paducah, Ky.) be sure to stop in Metropolis. Why? You ask. Metropolis has claimed Superman as its favorite son. The bronze state in the downtown square is relatively new. In 1993 they put the bronze statue as a replacement of the old "primary colors" statue. Citizens still talk about which one they like better. Just think, a town of less than 5,000 people raised $125,000 to pay for this new statue (15 foot tall).
Visit the Super Museum at 611 Market Street, (618) 524-5518.
At this museum, you will see things like the original costume worn by George Reeves in the 1950s television show. In addition, there are movie props, comic books, and toys, all worth a good deal of money. There are over 20,000 items relating to the legend of Superman. Jim Hambrick who runs the museum has been collecting since 1959 and owns over 100,000 items.
Open daily from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM.
Ages 5 and under=Free
Others=$3.00 per person.
You may wish to visit the Player's Riverboat Casino (800/524-5518) at Merv Griffin's Landing. It has four decks of slot machines, video poker, and other gaming. It also has the Merv Griffin's Theater on the landing. It has 350 seats in this state-of-the-theater that brings to Las Vegas entertainment to this small Southern Illinois town. (618/524-2628) I've seen the shows, and I thought they were excellent.
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