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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