Metropolis: Home of Superman

April 05, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Superman the Man of Steel with me and the dogs in Metropolis Illinois Superman the Man of Steel with me and the dogs in Metropolis Illinois

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Superman! 

 

Metropolis is the official "Hometown of Superman" according to DC Comics and the Illinois State Legislature. Our visit showed that the town had embraced its comic-book fame with the Super Museum and 15-foot bronze Superman statue in the middle of Superman Square. Close to the Square is a figure of Lois Lane as portrayed by actress Noel Neill. The local paper? The Metropolis Planet. (Not quite the Daily Planet, but close!)  

 

Metropolis, Massac, Illinois is located along the Ohio River and is most easily accessible via Paducah, Kentucky. (If you like quilting, there's a museum in Paducah for you!) We saw plenty of Superman references in Kentucky too, but he may be more of an adopted son there. 

 

When you visit Metropolis, be sure to head over to the photogenic statue of the Man of Steel and create a memory. You'll notice the superhero stands atop a pedestal promoting "Truth - Justice - The American Way" and not lost on our group, the Massac County Courthouse is right behind him. Take advantage of the quick-change telephone booth (kids, ask your grandparents) and the "offices" of the Daily Planet newspaper. If you're in the area in June, there is a Superman Celebration, focusing on the Man of Steel's crime-fighting efforts. 

 

We stopped through town three separate times on the way to the Florida Invitational Dog Shows, and on the third trip were able to see the most extensive collection of Superman artifacts and memorabilia anywhere at the Super Museum. (517 Market Street 618/524-5518. There are statues right by the museum ($5) and gift shop to up your social media ante. 

 

Photos from our stop in Metropolis. We shot everything with our iPhones - the best camera is the one you have with you. 

Sidenote: Metropolis, Massac, Illinois is also associated with another famous figure: Robert Franklin Stroud, (January 28, 1890 – November 21, 1963) better known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz," who is buried in the Masonic Cemetery. Stroud was a convicted murdered, federal prisoner and author who has been cited as one of the most notorious criminals in the United States.  

 

Pet Friendly Lodging: We have stayed at several places in Paducah, Kentucky area (These are on the list) because it is midpoint between Minneapolis and Orlando. I have no relationship with these businesses -- although I'm not opposed to that -- this information is provided to help you travel with your dogs.  

  • Holiday Inn Express | 2179 East 5th St, Metropolis, IL 62962 | 618/524-8899 | PET POLICY (Always check with the property to be sure this information is still accurate.) 
    • Pets Allowed
    • Service Animals ALlowed 
    • Pet Walking Area on-site
    • Pet Fee per night $20
    • Undisclosed pets $150 fee
  • La Quinta | This is a pet friendly hotel but under the new ownership of Wyndham they do charge a pet fee. This hotel charges $20 per room per night for pets with a max charge per stay of $40 applied to the guest folio. Limited pet-free rooms are available. Contact the hotel directly for policy details and to confirm room availability. ADA-defined service animals are welcome with no additional fee.
  • Drury Hotels | There are 3 options in Paducah, A Drury Inn & Suites, Drury Inn and Pear Tree Inn. All are pet friendly with a fee. The link will take you to the hotel pageso you may select with of their hotels you prefer and the pet fees.   

 

 

Points of Interest in the Metropolis and Paducah Area

Barkley Regional Airport   Bluegrass Downs Standardbred Harness Racetrack   Downtown Paducah   Kentucky Lake  
Kentucky Oaks Mall   Lake Barkley   LowerTown Arts District   Luther F Carson Four Rivers Center  
National Quilt Museum   Patti's 1880's Settlement 

 

 

As I child I was fortunate to live in New York City and was able to go see the Superman set and "fly" on top of the blocks with the fan blowing my hair. I found this television show intro and hope you enjoy it. (No it's not me "flying" but that would have been great!

 


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