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The "Giant" Superman statue

Metropolis is a small city in Southern Illinois probably named out of wishful thinking which hasn't really been born out. The town's current claim to fame is as the host for a floating riverboat casino run by the Harrah's casino chain of Reno, Nevada. The town has also capitalized on its name by erecting what is referred to on road signs as a Giant Statue of Superman of DC Comics fame. In fact though the statue is called giant it's less than half as tall as the statue of Big John the grocer which is found in front of the Big John's supermarket on the way into town.

Get in

By plane

Metropolis has a small, public, paved air strip 2 miles north west of town. It can be accessed by small planes. it has no control towers, there is no landing fee but there is an overnight tie down fee. Dusk-dawn lights only. Metropolis, IL 62960 Phone: (618) 524-9976

The nearest airport with commercial flights is Barkley Regional Airport, which serves the larger city of Paducah across the river in Kentucky. However, most locals prefer to fly out of either Lambert-St. Louis International Airport or Nashville International Airport, both of which are roughly a three-hour drive.

Get around

Big John the Grocer







  • Harrah's
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Amerihost Inn
  • Old Bethlehem School

Go next

Routes through Metropolis
Ends at N I-57.svg SPulleys Mill  W I-24.svg E  PaducahNashville
ChampaignEffingham  N US 45.svg S  PaducahJackson

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