Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Superman

Before our planned family visits farther south, we stopped at the Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, IL  We were hoping that they would have a site for us.  There was no office and check-in was with the camp host, if you had no reservation.  As it turned out, there was only one other RV in the campground and it was just like us, so we had our choice of sites.  The campground was well laid out and lots of trees for shade.  In talking with the camp host, he indicated that he had not seen it this quiet in some time. 




Fort Massac is a short walk from the campground and sits on the bank of the Ohio River.  First built in 1757 by the French, it played a role in American history for over 100 years.  The fort is currently closed to the public for renovations but you can walk around the site and visit the nearby visitor center which has displays and information about the history of the fort and the local area.








What we did not know until we drove around town was the connection to Superman.  In 1972, DC Comics declared Metropolis the home town of Superman.  There is a  Museum near courthouse square and a very large statue of Superman in front of the courthouse.  Around town you will find other characters from the comic series.  Every June there is a Superman celebration which draws large crowds from around the world.










Finally, if you enjoy casinos, there is a Harrah's casino/hotel complex along the river.

11 comments:

Sherry said...

That's my kind of campground. Plenty of room and really quiet. :[) I didn't know there really was a Metropolis. Guess I didn't pay enough attention to the Superman details to know he was from Illinois. Too funny that giant superman in front of the courthouse. The things I learn from reading blogs.

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Looks like a great layout at the campground.

HAHAHA...I love seeing thinks like the big Superman. Anneke makes a great superWOMAN!

Laura Skjenna said...

I love quirky :-) I also like mostly empty campgrounds.

Wanderin' said...

I didn't really know that there was actually a town by the name of Metropolis! How fun.

Once Labor Day is behind us, campgrounds are much easier to get into. Kids are back in school and vacations are usually history. We like it like that.

Phyllis said...

Okay which Superman was it. The George Reeves or Christopher Reeve.

Ruth said...

You gotta love it when you pretty much have a beautiful campground to yourselves.

I love how the town has marketed itself around Superman, makes it a bit quirky and most people love quirky! :-)

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Jim and Sandie said...

I have to join the rest of the group and say I didn't have any idea there actually was a Metropolis. How fun. And after the noisy week we've spent here I can hardly wait to find some peace and quiet.

Bob and Jo said...

Have to add this to our list.

Peter + Beatrix said...

"Superman" never really was my kind of hero. We played Indians and Cowboys in our days.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Hope you didn't leave any Kryptonite around... :cD

Dizzy-Dick said...

I never knew that there was a real Metropolis. Learned something today. Ain't the blogging world wonderful?