Great River Road 23 - Superman, Metropolis, IL

Yes, there is a city named Metropolis and it’s the official home of Superman.

Yea, Right

I first learned of Metropolis years ago when a friend and professional peer told me it’s where he lived. My first thought was “I wonder when they changed their name to Metropolis to try and get some tourist traffic?”

My friend has since moved on, but since Metropolis is close to the Mississippi River we decided to include it on our Great River Road tour and learn more about it.

Like - it’s always been named Metropolis, and acted in the early 1970s to become the “official home of Superman.”

The girls have conquered Krypnonite.

The girls have conquered Krypnonite.

I love old abandoned buildings.

I love old abandoned buildings.

An awkward moment between me and Superman.

An awkward moment between me and Superman.

Not quite the same without a tie to pull off.

Not quite the same without a tie to pull off.

Perusing the Superman (and every other superhero and villian) merchandise.

Perusing the Superman (and every other superhero and villian) merchandise.

Noel Neill aka Lois Lane statue.

Noel Neill aka Lois Lane statue.

The Planet. Weekly, from what we understand.

The Planet. Weekly, from what we understand.

There's also a Tardis in town - but we couldn't find parking!

There's also a Tardis in town - but we couldn't find parking!

A Fun Diversion

We made our way into town and found parking at the casino - taking note of the traffic and the security cameras in the parking lot.

Yea, we’re a bit gunshy yet about leaving our rig behind.

We walked up into town and found the Kryptonite, Superman, Lois Lane, and the Planet.

We liked Metropolis for a visit. The casino is huge and you can tell it’s mostly what folks come to town for. But we’re also glad that there are cities who aren’t afraid to be a less-than-serious about themselves and adopt a fictional super-hero for a mascot.

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2 Comments Great River Road 23 - Superman, Metropolis, IL

  1. Picture of KelleyKelleySeptember 09, 2017

    You were right about people mostly coming for the casino. Only time we get a lot of people in Metropolis, IL.​, is when they put on the Superman Celebration every summer in June. It’s kind of our little comic con. Some celebrities come that’s played on some form of Superman based movie or show, or even if they just voiced a character on a Superman cartoon. I am from Metro. And reading a positive thing about my hometown is just super. So thank you for your nice review of a small town lol.

  2. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael BoyinkSeptember 09, 2017

    Hey Kelley - the Superman Celebration must be fun!  We’ve mentioned your town to a number of traveling folks as a fun little stop.

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