The Belleville area is a rich blend of America's finest traditions. From classic brick homes that grace tree-lined streets to the contemporary 'can-do' attitude of a progressive business and industrial sector; from a working downtown to the region's most dynamic healthcare system; and from an impressive parks and recreation program to an outstanding educational line-up, the Belleville area has a lot to offer. Our location in America's heartland is the icing on the cake. You will discover a number of the region's best shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreation establishments located in and around the Belleville area or just a mere short drive away in St. Louis, Missouri.
Daytrips from Belleville will experience the magnificent scenery of Southern Illinois, the rugged beauty along the mighty Mississippi, some of the oldest wineries in the Midwest, Native American burial mounds, natural caverns and all the metropolitan offerings you could crave. You will find that Belleville gets down to business with the best of them too. Here, you will find a heritage of hard work and innovation in the companies - both large and small - that call Belleville home. You will find our number one employer - healthcare and the related occupational fields - rank far higher than the national average in quality of services provided.
You will find our healthcare professionals are some of the finest in the nation. You will find top-rated professional service firms, strong friendly financial institutions and unmatched workforce development programs through our regional post-secondary education partners. You will find internationally competitive firms here as well as small entrepreneurial start-ups. But you will find no shortage of well-trained, qualified employees. The Belleville area market enjoys an enviable reputation for workforce quality. We have a lot going on here. So whether you are considering a move or just a visit to the Belleville area, we invite you to enjoy all this unique community has to offer.
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The City of Fairview Heights is known as Southwestern Illinois' "Crossroads of Prosperity." Just a few minutes from Downtown St. Louis, Scott Air Force Base and a number of area attractions, Fairview Heights is a hub for retail activity, commerce, tourism and quality living. Owners of property in our city enjoy the advantage of not having to pay any municipal real estate tax as our retail base is so broad, it provides sufficient funds to operate a first-class municipality with a full range of services for all ages. Having grown from a handful of homes and lots of farmland in the 1960's to the modern community we are today, Fairview Heights is continuing to move ahead as exemplified by the late 1998 opening of the U.S.
Ice Sports Complex. Other amenities in our city such as Stonewolf Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and our creative playground known as the Recreation Station, are considered as obvious indicators of our forward thinking attitude. Our newest additions to the city are the MetroLink Station and the Fountains of Fairview, a major conference center development just north of Interstate 64 on Illinois Route 159. Our vast array of choices in shopping, dining, retail space, sites for business, housing stock, recreation, entertainment and education truly entitle Fairview Heights to proclaim "We've Got It All."
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Freeburg, a conservative, mostly German community, lies in the fertile and rolling Southern Illinois plains between the Kaskaskia River and the mighty Mississippi River. Though boasting a highly diversified business economy, Freeburg also serves as a bedroom community for Belleville and the St. Louis metroplex. On clear days, downtown St. Louis is visible from Turkey Hill. Freeburg schools are widely recognized for their high quality of education.
The academic programs are top-notch, and a wide range of extracurricular activities are offered, including band, chorus, science club, academic teams (Mental Midgets, JETS, etc.), activist clubs (SAE, SADD), art club, and a variety of athletic programs as detailed in the recreation section of this website. Area colleges and universities offer numerous higher educational opportunities, including technical and adult education programs. The Village also boasts of a memorial park in the center of the village dedicated to the veterans of the World Wars, It covers a city block in the center of the business district.
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A leisurely stroll through the downtown shopping district of Lebanon will convince you that this is a special place. The ambiance is one of history reflected in the mid-Victorian architecture of some twenty antique and specialty shops. It's a city in which you will want to spend a lot more time. Just twenty-three miles east of St. Louis along I-64, Lebanon is strategically located for both commercial and residential development. Mid-America Airport is three miles to the south and Scott AFB is seven miles southwest. Several residential developments are already underway inside the city limits and numerous commercial sites are available to the south along Illinois Route 4. Lebanon also boasts excellent school facilities where a comprehensive curriculum is offered at both grade and high school levels.
Class size is small and well able to accomodate new students. McKendree College, selected as one of America's 100 best college buys, is located in Lebanon. Founded in 1828, it is the oldest college in Illinois. This four-year liberal arts institution has been awarded Landmark plaques for some of its historic buildings which still stand among its newer structures. McKendree's athletic teams are consistently among the best at their level. Other facilities include excellent churches, Horner Park, a 58 acre park with a small fishing lake, an 18-hole public golf course, two bed & breakfasts, and a community theater group. All of this in a small town with a population of only 3700! Come! Experience the quiet charm and elegance that is Lebanon, Illinois.
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Mascoutah offers small town feel with modern amenities. Located just of I-64, Mascoutah is in close proximity to St. Louis, Missouri. Mascoutah is easily accessible to St. Louis and Lambert Airport by Metrolink with stations minutes away from town. Mascoutah is home to Mid America Airport which currently flies to Orlando, Florida, and San Juan Puerto Rico. Mascoutah has some of the first rate public and private schools in the area. The Mascoutah School District has more than 3,000 students. There are two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school located within town. Mascoutah is 15 minutes away from McKendree College and Southwestern Illinois College, and thirty minutes away from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, St. Louis University, and Washington University.
Mascoutah is a growing community and is well positioned for growth. There have been numerous construction projects in the past year that have provided many new homes and businesses in the community. There are three parks in town that offer a wide array of activities. Scheve Park has two swimming pools, baseball diamonds, two lighted tennis courts, a lighted sand volleyball court, lighted horseshoe pits, two soccer fields, ten pavilions varying in size, and several playground areas. Scheve Park also has a restored train caboose that visitors can tour. Maple Park is equipped with outdoor basketball facilities, a ball playing area, playground equipment, and a family sized pavilion. Prairie Park has two fishing lakes, a fountain, and a pavilion. Mascoutah has 21 organizations in town, adult and women’s sports teams, festivals, parades, and lots of other events year-round!
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The founding of the town of Millstadt dates back to 1836 when Simon Stookey was having a barn built a short distance north of present day Millstadt. Joseph Abend and Henry Randleman were helping him and it was proposed to Randleman that a piece of his land in Section 9 would make a most eligible town site. Abend proposed the name "Centerville" for the new town since it was seven miles from Belleville, seven miles from Columbia, and seven miles from Pittsburg Lake. Henry agreed, and the town of Centerville was platted and surveyed on 13 March 1837. It originally consisted of only 40 lots.
That was the part of town bounded roughly by Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe streets. Some of the earliest purchasers of lots were: John & George Briesacher on 4 Sept. 1837; George Henckler on 28 Aug. 1838; and Evan Baird on 26 Nov. 1839. Later additions to the town were made as the existing lots were sold out. Although the village name was officially spelled as "Centerville" in the records of the Recorder of Deeds of St. Clair County, the German settlers usually used the European spelling of "Centreville".
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New Baden, a town of approximately 3,000, is located 11 miles east of Scott AFB on Route 161. With Interstate 64 at its doorstep, it's about 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Many of the residents are employed at Scott Air Force Base, and an increasing number of military families are taking up residence in New Baden. Recreational and activity centers include the O.W. Billhartz Civic Center, which houses the New Baden Public Library, a gymnasium and cafeteria.
The center is open to the public for physical fitness, meetings and social and fund-raising activities. The 41-acre New Baden Community Park has a swimming pool, tennis courts, ball diamonds, soccer and picnic facilities. Students from New Baden enroll in Wesclin Community School District No. 3. St. George Elementary School is for grades one through six, and the recently-built New Baden Elementary School handles kindergarten trough sixth grade. The Wesclin Junior-Senior High School, located between New Baden and Trenton, has an enrollment of 650 students.
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The City of O'Fallon Illinois is most often referred to as the "fastest growing community in Southern Illinois". There have been and continue to be many reasons for O'Fallon's consistent growth. Historically, it was the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad Company, now the Baltimore and Ohio, which built a depot and water tank and prompted the founding of O'Fallon. Coal Mines, such as the Tiedemann Mining Company, along with the Willard Stove factory, the Independent Engineering Company and the rich surrounding farm land supported the growth of O'Fallon.
Nearby Scott Air Force Base has been a large factor in O'Fallon's modern era growth. Along with stimulating local businesses which provide many of its goods and services, it has also been a large provider of jobs in the civilian market. Scott has been a major contributor to the area home building market, one of O'Fallon's largest industries. O'Fallon's excellent schools, parks, churches, civic organizations and youth organizations make it the choice of many families who are relocating to the Metro St. Louis area. It is also no surprise why many of the families who have served at Scott choose to retire or return after their tour of duty and make O'Fallon their permanent home.
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SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE is in Illinois. It is located about 20 miles east of St. Louis near Belleville. The Shiloh Gate entrance is 1.5 miles southeast of Interstate 64 (Exit 19A) at Route 158. Scott AFB area's primary missions are managing a domestic aeromedical evacuation system, commanding and supervising all operational support airlift within the US and providing initial qualification training for C-9 pilots. The base is also home to five headquarters and a Reserve airlift wing. In addition, there are several tenant units, some directly supporting the base, and others carrying out their own missions using Scott facilities.
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Shiloh is located approximately 16 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri in St. Clair County, Illinois. People who live and work in the Village of Shiloh know the simple pleasures of small-town life and at the same time enjoy all the benefits of a thriving metropolis. Located on the crest of a picturesque, unspoiled valley, Shiloh is encircled by several larger neighbors, including Belleville, Fairview Heights, O'Fallon, and Scott Air Force Base. Within the surrounding towns are numerous shopping centers, as well as the largest mall in Southern Illinois. In addition, Shiloh is only twenty minutes away from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, via Interstate 64. But residents don't have to leave the Village to find excitement.
A community of more than 10,000 people, Shiloh offers a number of educational and recreational activities throughout the year. These include arts and craft fairs, community dances, and an annual summer homecoming picnic. Many of these events take place in Shiloh's beautiful community park or in Klucker Hall, a community center located on the park grounds. The tree-shaded park boasts a picnic area, playground, and baseball, softball and soccer fields. Klucker Hall, which is available to all residents, is frequently the site of private parties, meetings and wedding receptions. Shiloh is bordered by the communities of Belleville and O'Fallon with Scott AFB and the new MidAmerica Airport directly to the east. There is so much to see and do in our area! And the folks, well we're just down right friendly! As a matter of fact we're just "waiting to welcome you!"
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Swansea is primarily a residential and professional business community of over 11,500 residents, strategically located close to State and Interstate highways. A multitude of services and activities are available just minutes away from the Village of Swansea. St. Clair Square, one of the largest shopping malls in the area, is located just north of Swansea in Fairview Heights. Two major hospitals are located in Swansea. St. Louis, Missouri is only a 15 - 20 minute drive away.
Swansea is recognized as one of the fastest growing communities in the metro-east. A major Metro Link Train Station is located in Swansea. Commuters may leave their vehicles in the well-lighted parking lot and ride the air-conditioned metro trains from Scott AFB to Lamber-St. Louis Airport with stops at many locations throughout the route. Many passengers "ride the rails" to and from work each day. It is a great way to travel to and from the airport, as people may leave their vehicles at the Swansea Station for up to two weeks.
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Troy's small town charm along with convenient location to big city business helped Troy grow to the third fastest growing area in the U.S. by 1978, and still shows no signs of slowing down. Despite the continued growth, Troy has maintained it's small town charm. A strong sense of community combined with the promise of opportunity makes Troy a unique and wonderful place to live.