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Camel and Pyramid in Cairo, Nebraska

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Cairo, Egypt is known for its great pyramids (and, well, camels). Cairo, Nebraska just might be known for the same thing.

Camel and Pyramid in Cairo, Nebraska | Welcome to Cairo Sign | Roadside Attractions in Nebraska

Cairo (pronounced KAIR-oh) is a 0.77 square mile town with a population of about 785 (2010) that’s located in Hall County, Nebraska. It was established in 1886 and took it’s name after that other Cairo, the capital of Egypt.

The town embraces its Middle-Eastern namesake with street names that call back to Africa: Egypt, Mecca, Nile, Medina, Syria, Nubia, Berber, Thebes, Alexandria, and Suez.

Camel and Pyramid in Cairo, Nebraska | Welcome to Cairo Sign | Roadside Attractions in Nebraska

The star roadside attraction in Cario, Nebraska is a big camel statue that stands next to a metal pyramid inscribed with “Welcome to Cairo.” It’s located next to the train tracks at the corner of (the decidedly non Egypt-inspired) S High Street and E Kansas Street in front of the baseball field.

Camel and Pyramid in Cairo, Nebraska | Welcome to Cairo Sign | Roadside Attractions in Nebraska

Along with a couple of Sinclair dinosaurs and Carhenge, it’s one of several roadside attractions along the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway that runs from Grand Island to Alliance.

But the big camel and pyramid are not the only things to see in Cairo. Adjacent to the Cairo Camel Statue is a tall black way marker pole with arrows pointing to major cities in the United States and around the world, such as Seattle, New York, Phoenix, Athens, London, Paris, and Minneapolis.

Way marking signs in Cairo, Nebraska | Roadside Attractions in Nebraska
Way marking signs in Cairo, Nebraska | Roadside Attractions in Nebraska

There’s also a colorful mural that celebrates the history of the town on the side of Cairo Flowers, next to the Pump & Pantry on the other side of the train tracks. The street art declares “A Golden Past, A Brighter Future.”

Cairo, Nebraska Mural | Street Art in Nebraska
Cairo, Nebraska Mural | Street Art in Nebraska

Camel and Pyramid in Cairo, Nebraska

Address: 134 S High St, Cairo, Nebraska (Approximate address, on the corner of S High Street and E Kansas Street)
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible


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Camel and Pyramid in Cairo, Nebraska | Welcome to Cairo Sign | Roadside Attractions in Nebraska
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Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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