Welcome

Greetings:

On behalf of the City Council and residents of Edwardsville, I extend to you a warm welcome to our City.

The City of Edwardsville has had a proud past, and we envision an exciting future; we encourage you to be a part of it.

With easy access to metropolitan St. Louis and to main highways and interstates, Edwardsville is geographically well situated. The Edwardsville area offers excellent opportunities for education, recreation, religion, business, and culture which help to provide quality living. The key to quality of life in Edwardsville is the quality of its people.

In short, Edwardsville is a great place to live, shop and work and raise a family. Please enjoy our city and make it your hometown.

Sincerely,

Gary D. Niebur, Mayor
City of Edwardsville

 

Welcome:

On behalf of the Village Board of Trustees and citizens of Glen Carbon, I would like to take this opportunity to "welcome you to our community".

The village government, with it’s elected representatives and volunteer citizens serving the community, work hard to maintain sound planning and development. These are the ingredients that make our hometown special and attractive to others who want to join us.

We enjoy the benefits of an excellent school system, a major state university, and good access to interstate highways. Residents experience the benefits of small town life and have the advantage of an attractive suburban community with easy access to the entire St. Louis area.

Glen Carbon is a good place to live.

Sincerely,
Ron Foster, Mayor
Village of Glen Carbon

 

Intro

The region surrounding the neighboring towns of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon is one of Southwest Illinois’ most attractive. Situated on bluffs high above the Mississippi River on a gently rolling plain, they enjoy beautiful surroundings and a strategic location. Here, one will find a high quality of life and a vibrant business climate where the best in small town Americana meets future progress.

Edwardsville and Glen Carbon are unique and distinct towns. Edwardsville is the county seat and home to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE). Glen Carbon is among the top five in quality housing in the region. It is one of the fastest growing communities in Madison County and the entire seven-county Southwestern Illinois area. Well-planned growth ensures that Edwardsville and Glen Carbon will preserve their special heritage.

Both communities have excellent recreational options, dining, shopping and educational systems. Health care facilities, transportation, libraries, childcare, housing and government are among the best anywhere.

Surrounded by nature centers, lakes and parks, Edwardsville and Glen Carbon residents enjoy all four seasons, especially spring with its Dogwood and Redwood blossoms and autumn’s brilliant colors.

Winter temperatures rarely drop below 32 degrees and summer temperatures are moderate. Residents and tourists in Southwestern Illinois know that the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon region is one to treasure.

 

History

Edwardsville

In 1805, Thomas Kirkpatrick, Edwardsville’s first settler, arrived from North Carolina and built a two-room log cabin overlooking Cahokia Creek. Word spread of the rich resources here, and, by 1809, other settlers from the Southeast followed the Kirkpatrick family’s example and formed a small community.

In 1812, Illinois’ territorial Governor, Ninian Edwards, divided the region into Madison County and St. Clair County.

To this day, North Main Street remains an historic district in Edwardsville. It showcases some of the town’s oldest building including a log cabin that was built just northwest of the Kirkpatrick home. The street also was the site of the first county jail, a U.S. land office, the first courthouse, and the city’s first public square.

Eventually, hotels, businesses, schools, residences, a newspaper, restaurant and a tavern developed around the center of town, which then expanded to include Dale School in 1863.

Early industry was based on agriculture, gristmills, sawmills, cabinetry, bricklaying, an ice plant and a grain elevator. Coal mining arrived in the mid-1800s.


Glen Carbon

Although settlers had been living in the area since 1801, Glen Carbon officially became a village in 1892. The village prospered as farmers and coal miners emigrated from Eastern Europe. Glen Carbon owes its earliest success to the coal mining industry and pays homage to its mining heritage with the images of miners that appear on everything from stationery to signs welcoming visitors to Glen Carbon. Near the turn of the century, Glen Carbon boasted of two bituminous coal mines and a coal washer.

A growing brick production industry augmented mining. Major employers of the time, Madison Coal Corp. and St. Louis Press Brick Co., built "saltbox" homes along Main Street. Many of these are still standing today.

At one time the village had a soda bottling works, several general stores, a German singing society and even live vaudeville acts.

During the twentieth century Glen Carbon continued to grow. Soon after Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) established itself in the area, subdivisions sprung up along Glen Carbon Road, Meridian Road and the Cottonwood area. New construction continued through the 1960s and 1970s.

By 1980, Glen Carbon’s population had grown by 174 percent, making it the fastest growing community in Southwestern Illinois. Today its popularity among businesses and residents remains as strong as ever.

 

Historical Trivia -Did You Know?

• Edwardsville is the third oldest city in Illinois.

• Edwardsville’s name wasn’t officially recognized until 1816, although Kirkpatrick had named it years earlier in honor of Governor Edwards.

• Edward Coles arrived in Edwardsville in 1819 and later became Illinois' second Governor.

• Edwardsville has produced five Illinois governors: Ninian Edwards, Edward Cole, John Reynolds, Thomas Ford, and Charles Deneen.

• The Richards Brick Co. established during Edwardsville’s early days still supplies brick throughout the St. Louis region.

• The very first Methodist Church in Illinois was built in Glen Carbon in 1805

• Hadley House, established in 1875, is the public school district’s central office.

• Leclaire was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979

• Glen Carbon means "Valley of Coal."

• Col. Samuel Judy of Glen Carbon became the first resident of Madison County.

• The highlight of Glen Carbon’s Centennial celebration in 1992 was the dedication of the Yanda Cabin on Main Street as a museum and educational center operated by the Village.

 

Location

Edwardsville and Glen Carbon overlook the Mississippi River basin, about 18 miles from downtown St. Louis. They are the two largest cities in Madison County and have a combined population of nearly 30,000. Surrounding communities include Granite City, Highland, Maryville, Pontoon Beach, Collinsville, and Troy.

Edwardsville and Glen Carbon have an exceptional network of interstates and highways. Travelers have easy access to and from Interstates 70, 64, 55, 270 and 255.

In early 1999, Illinois Gov. George Ryan initiated a road development and expansion plan for Southwestern Illinois.

This project will continue development and expansion of I-255. Recently, I-255 was expanded to meet Highway 143, which runs through the heart of Edwardsville and then merges into Highway 157, which veers southwest to Glen Carbon. Highways 143 and 157 will also be widened as part of the plan.

A new interchange at Route 3 in neighboring St. Claire County will provide additional access to a proposed bridge over the Mississippi River that will connect Southwestern Illinois to the St. Louis metropolitan region. Several companies have already positioned themselves near the junction of I-255, Highway 111 and I-270 to take advantage of the upcoming improvements.

In 1883, the Toledo, Cincinnati and St. Louis railroad line built a large station that welcomed thousands to Edwardsville. Today, two major railroads service the area - The Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern. Today, the award-winning Madison County Transit (MCT) provides public transportation to the area. Lambert International Airport in nearby St. Louis accommodates air travelers; rail passengers use Amtrak while barges hauling heavy freight use major ports on the Mississippi River.

 

Tourism

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon attracts people from all over. There is plenty for tourists to see and do including visiting local historic sites, the county courthouse, hiking along nature trails, canoeing in Glen Carbon, and fishing at Leclaire Lake Thousands of visitors from around the world come to Madison County every year to see the remarkable Cahokia Mounds, site of an ancient Native American Indian city that flourished between 900 and 1200 AD. The site is spread over six square miles and dotted with more than 100 man-made earthen mounds. Monks Mound itself stands 100 feet tall and covers more than 14 acres. The Interpretive Center recreates scenes of the Indian civilization and explains its significance.

Many people enjoy touring the wooded campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, home of Ralph Korte Stadium, a track & field complex built for the 1994 Olympic Festival. Special events, like the colossal craft fair or a Cougars game are the highlight of any trip to SIUE.

The Comfort Inn, Edwardsville, features award-winning lodging.

 

Shopping & Dining

The next century will cater to shoppers and diners without disturbing the area’s historic value. In Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, several salons and spas provide full service hair care, massages, therapy wraps, manicures and more. Montclaire Shopping Center has a variety of shops and services such as the community bookstore, which stocks more than 25,000 titles.

Rusty’s Restaurant offers an extensive menu and live entertainment. Andria’s Countryside Restaurant specializes in prime rib, lamb and fresh seafood, The Northside Dairy Haven is home to the renowned 46 oz.

"Bucket Shake." Several fast food restaurants and bagel shops are located throughout the area. Millions of dollars were used to transform an old drugstore into Manhattan’s Restaurant. The Alliance of Edwardsville & Glen Carbon has plans to redevelop the Wildey Theatre. The theatre dates back to 1909 and was used as a Vaudeville theatre.

 

Entertainment

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon is a homespun community that showcases plenty of entertainment. Young people enjoy Glen Carbon’s LaunchUSA Inc. computer gaming center, and Skate Corral Inc., in Glen Carbon, which has open skate time, roller hockey leagues and hosts birthday parties.

The Glen Carbon Jaycees actively promote events like the Kelly Miller Circus. Amateur sporting events at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville include track and field competition such as the NCAA II Outdoor National, the U.S. Junior Nationals and the Jackie Joyner-Kersee U.S. Open. SIUE also is a great place to enjoy the excitement of college football and basketball.

Fairmont Park Racetrack here in Madison County holds thoroughbred and harness racing.

Tri-City Speedway’s auto racing hosts the famous World of Outlaws sprint cars and the increasingly popular NASCAR Late Model All-Star Tour. Nearby Collinsville has a 12-acre interactive water park with an "endless" river, water slides and a lagoon.

Other attractions in the county include Wicks Pipe Organ Factory; Bilbrey Farms Exotic Animal Farm in Edwardsville; Mills Apple Farm; and the Old Six-Mile Museum.

A world of fun waits in St. Louis, only 18 miles away. Top entertainers, Broadway plays, professional sports teams, symphonies and dance groups perform regularly. Six Flags theme park, with its thrilling rides and attractions, is a popular spot for all ages.

 

Homes

Both Edwardsville and Glen Carbon’s population are growing as people find out that this is an exceptional area; one that offers all the best aspects of community living and a central location with competitive real estate costs. Newcomers are taking advantage of the variety of homes, quality construction and affordable land whose prices can be up to 40 percent lower than those in the St. Louis area.

Housing choices in Edwardsville include single family homes, condominiums and apartments in all price ranges. Glen Carbon offers older homes as well as new subdivisions nestled among wooded areas or on rolling fields.

Eden Village and Meridian Village in Glen Carbon are independent retirement communities. They both provide special living situations for senior citizens.

The news that Edwardsville/Glen Carbon is an exceptional place to live, raise a family and work is spreading rapidly.

 

Recreation

A lengthy list of interesting activities here in Edwardsville/Glen Carbon includes everything from antiquing to bird watching, bass fishing to exploring the unique covered bridges in Glen Carbon. Other favorite pastimes include cycling and hiking, golfing, basketball and softball.

Plenty of beautiful parks adorn the area. Edwardsville Township Park has always been a favorite spot for picnics and reunions. Two pavilions may be reserved for large groups and six smaller pavilions throughout the park are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hoppe Park, with 20 acres, is Edwardsville’s largest, complete with baseball and softball diamonds, playground equipment, picnic areas, restrooms and concession stand. It is the home of Little League, Junior Legion and American Legion baseball. Vadalabene Park's ball diamond; basketball court and playground are used throughout the summer.

Miner Park in Glen Carbon has 17 acres for picnics, playing ball and barbecues. Citizen’s Park, located behind Glen Carbon Fire Station, is the starting point of the 3.3 mi. Ronald J. Foster Heritage Bike Trail.

There is always something going on at Leclaire Park where a bandstand, playground, lake and fountain complete with fish and ducks, delight visitors.

The award-winning Watershed Nature Center has walking paths, a wildlife preserve and wetlands among its tranquil 40-acres where bikes and motorized vehicles are prohibited. Springer’s Woods has a fitness trail, playground and picnic shelter amidst 10 acres of woodland.

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon has many small parks and State Parks are nearby. At Horseshoe Lake State Park, people may fish, boat, camp, hunt and hike. Three picnic shelters and playground equipment are available.

The Edwardsville YMCA has a year-round program of indoor and outdoor activities, from volleyball, racquetball, basketball and tennis to wallyball and soccer. Weight training equipment and exercise machines are located in the new, 5,000-sq.ft. fitness center. A multi-purpose room with cushioned dance floor and high-quality sound system hosts health and fitness classes. Swimmers use two large indoor pools for classes and recreation.

There are over fifteen miles of bike and walking trails in the area. Most of the parks are easily accessible by bicycle or walking.

 

Events & Festivals

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon kicks off the fun-filled month of October with "Glenfest," an event that includes amusement rides, a car show, beer garden, and live music. Area businesses, banks and printers contribute greatly to the event, donating gift certificates, savings bonds and trophies to the "Little Miss Glenfest" pageant.

Harvest Homefest comes later in the month. This two-day weekend event is packed with attractions amidst a carnival atmosphere. Fruits and vegetables as well as fall perennials are sold. At the Pumpkin patch, Montclaire merchants award prizes for pumpkin painting; provide horse-drawn hay rides and host Minerfest, where the smell of apple butter and sounds of live music fill the air.

On the second day of Harvest Homefest, participants join a "Volksmarch," along a trail that winds through the town’s historic districts down to the Watershed Nature Center. In addition, Leclaire Park features food booths, the Jaycees Beer Garden, bands, trolley tours, boat races and a parade. Shortly after the Harvest Homefest come the annual Halloween Parade and then the Veteran’s Day parade.

A "Renaissance Fair" and "Festival 66" draw people from surrounding communities also. Edwardsville/Glen Carbon will be joining the "Illinois 2000" festivities and sponsor its portion of the Route 66 Illinois Motor Tour. This cross-country road trip will pass many of the original businesses and eateries along the famed route.

The first weekend in December brings the winter festivals with the town ablaze in Christmas lights and a special Christmas market in the downtown area.

 

The Arts

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon’s is rich in art in culture. A historical walking tour in Edwardsville features Pre-Civil War buildings and other significant sites. Prominent on the tour is The Madison County Historical Museum that houses Native American artifacts, period furniture, curios and a library full of historical sources. Other homes, including that of Benjamin Stephenson - politician, civic leader, soldier and close friend of Abraham Lincoln - a Federal-style brick building built in 1840. It is reported that Abraham Lincoln visited here. The two-story masterpiece once inhabited by Colonel Thomas Judy, are favorite stops on the tour.

Due to the community’s commitment to preserve its rich heritage, future generations will be able to enjoy restored sites like the Nickel Plate Depot, built in 1883 and Lusk Cemetery Memorial Park, final resting place of many American soldiers from early wars.

The Edwardsville Public Library houses the Madison County Genealogical Collection. The Glen Carbon Historical Preservation Commission shares Glen Carbon Centennial Library’s third floor where memorabilia and historical photographs are preserved. The Glen Carbon Historical Museum is located on School Street.

 

Education

School District 7 has the honor of being ranked among the top 100 districts in the country according to Money Magazine.

Teachers here have a great amount of experience and advanced education. Many have received the, "Those Who Excel" award for excellence in education as well as Illinois Teacher of the Year, the Illinois Distinguished Educator Award, and the Milkin Family Foundation Education Award. Other recent awards include Outstanding First Year Teacher, the Teacher Tribute Awards, National Baseball Coach of the Year, National Hero in Education, and the Great Expectations Class Act award.

District 7 takes every step needed to supply the best possible education. The district allocated $23-mil. to build Edwardsville High School, which opened in the fall of 1997. As a new era approaches, the district will continue programs such as renovations, technological upgrades, an improved safety plan, and more.

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon has six public schools, four parochial, Metro-East Lutheran High School, and one private school.

After school programs, Saturday workshops and evening classes for creative children are available at Creative Express in Glen Carbon.

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) enters the year 2000 with a plan for the future. In its short 40 plus years, the university has changed from a primarily commuter school to a full-time university with more than 2,300 students who live in two campus residence halls and nearby apartments. SIUE reflects Edwardsville/Glen Carbon's growth. As enrollment continues to rise, additional programs will be added and a proposed third residence hall built. A $21-mil. Engineering Building will open in the spring of 2000 to welcome the new millennium.

Academics come first at SIUE. Students choose from 41 majors offered by the College of Arts and Sciences or by one of four professional schools. Teaching excellence is of paramount importance as well. Faculty members have received numerous honors and are leaders in their specialties. Students enjoy a faculty/student ratio of 1 to 15.

School amenities that include a religious center, an experimental theater, a fitness center, 130 student organizations and 14 varsity sports, ensure a well-rounded educational experience.

A series of distinguished speakers and performers have appeared at the campus of SIUE including former Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, former NAACP Chairwoman Myrlie Evers-Williams, prolific writer

John Updike, actor Hal Holbrook, the James Sewell Ballet Company, the St. Petersburg String Quartet, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Lewis & Clark Community College offers Edwardsville/Glen Carbon an affordable, quality education also. Students obtain the first two years of a core curriculum to transfer to four-year colleges as well as professional and industry training.

 

Business

Illinois industry and businesses that include Southern Illinois University, School District 7, and Scott Air Force Base, employ approximately one third of local workers. About one third work in local services and businesses, while the remainder commute to work in the St. Louis area.

Local industry is diversified, employing a wide variety of skilled laborers. There are many career opportunities open in in high tech, management, sales, clerical, manufacturing, transportation, distribution, construction and service industries. The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce and the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) work to ensure a healthy business climate. The local Chamber connects a network of hundreds of businesses and professional firms focused on maintaining a strong economy in the region.

The RCGA represents five Illinois counties, including Madison County, and six Missouri counties. This 11-county region is the 17th largest metropolitan area in the country, offering more than one million jobs each year.

A sampling of area businesses include Brandt Tech Inc., The BANK of Edwardsville, Elliott Jewelers, FMI Brokerage, Piece of Mind Books, The Education Resource, Four Flag Motors, R. P. Lumber, Bridwell Financial Group, Glik’s, State Farm Insurance, First Federal Savings, Farm Fresh Grocery, Edwardsville Shoe Service, and Clover Leaf Bank.

The Alliance of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon is an organization established to assist businesses in locating to the area.

Edwardsville and Glen Carbon are home to national companies such as TruVue, Inland Corp., and Lanter Trucking Co. Also present are Nikkin Flux Corp., a manufacturer and distributor of advanced foundry fluxes for metals and Florists’ Mutual, a leader in insuring florists and greenhouses that was founded 110 years ago and now has 245 employees in Edwardsville.

University Park is a research and technology park at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where scientists, students and corporations work to improve technology and create new products.

Edwardsville’s University Park, fifth on the listing of Fortune 500 companies and home to 13 companies, is an ideal location for research and development, training and the production of prototype products. The park offers sites up to 50 acres, build-to-suit development, fiber optic and copper communications and Interstate access.

TruVue Corp., Westgate Research, Decamp Industries and Juneau Associates have recently relocated to University Park. Juneau Associates will continue engineering and land surveying while TruVue is an investment group specializing in photography and mapping data for the oil industry.

Numerous businesses also reside at the Gateway Commerce Center business park in Edwardsville prompting renovation of nearby schools and the construction of a new high school.

The future of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon looks bright. Start up businesses are popping up in the area thanks to an increase in certified capital companies interested in providing early-stage financing. In addition, Gov. George Ryan has signed legislation to create the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) Tax Credit Act. This move will help attract high-paying jobs to Southwestern Illinois.

 

Healthcare

Anderson Hospital has been providing family-oriented, cost effective and quality care since 1977. A staff of more than 180 physicians and more than 600 healthcare professionals at the 130-bed, acute care facility offers a full-range of services.

The hospital recently made many improvements, expanding the Pavilion for Women, renovating the emergency room, and forming a partnership with Glennon Care Pediatrics Association. Other improvements include an upgraded computer system, new open MRI, an expanded GI Lab and new services such as a non-surgical kidney stone treatment and lithropsy.

Edwardsville Health Center performs diagnostic services like x-rays and blood tests right in town. The facility houses Heartland Healthcare, The Women’s Center of Metro East, Ltd., the Clinical Research Associates and services by pediatricians, internists, a cardiologist, and family practitioners. The Women’s Center features complete obstetrics, gynecology and infertility facilities.

Clinical Research conducts various medicinal trials. The center is associated with Edwardsville Ambulatory Surgery Center in Glen Carbon, which has outpatient surgery, including laser and endoscopic, as well as ophthamology and pain management service.

Staff Builders’ skilled nursing services, from bathing and meal preparation to chemotherapy and wound treatment, assists patients at home instead of the hospital.

More than 60 doctors and dentists practice in Edwardsville/Glen Carbon.

 

Clubs/Worship

There are many clubs and organizations in Edwardsville/Glen Carbon including the American Legion Post, the Daughters of the Union Veterans, Goshen Preservation Alliance, Jaycees, Kiwanis, League of Women’s Voters, Masonic Lodge of Edwardsville, Moose Lodge, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, two Rotary Clubs, and the Salvation Army.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1299 and Post 2222 rent their halls for receptions, banquets, parties and meetings. The American Legion Post 199 also rents their hall and features Bingo Monday evenings. The American Legion Golf Course is fun and affordable.

The Friends of Leclaire and the Goshen Preservation Alliance support the preservation and awareness of historical structures and sites. The 75-year-old Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce is a strong supporter of preservation as well. A complete listing of clubs and organizations is available at the chamber.

 

Renewing the Faith

The spires that rise above the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon religious community invite people to worship. Community religious leaders forge lasting bonds among members, offer spiritual guidance and provide aid in times of need.

 

Government

Edwardsville (city): Mayor, seven-member City Council, City Clerk, City Attorney, City Treasurer, Public Works Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Fire Department, Police Department and City Administrator.

The City of Edwardsville provides water. Midlawn Waste Systems Inc. manages trash pick-up and recycling.

Glen Carbon (village): Mayor, six Village Trustees, Village Clerk, Treasurer, Village Attorney, Village Engineer, Public Works Department, Police Department, Fire Department.

The Village provides water. Waste Management of Metro East handles trash pick up.

Illinois Power supplies gas and electric and Charter Communications provides Cable TV for both Edwardsville and Glen Carbon. Local newspapers are The Edwardsville Intelligencer and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Madison County services include animal control, Building and Zoning, Circuit Clerk, County Board, County Clerk and Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA).

Voters may register with the county clerk in the County Administration Building.

Glen Carbon Fire Protection District operates a 1998 Emergency One Cyclone HP 75-foot Aerial. The unit features a 400 hp Cummins engine; Allison automatic transmission; 500 gallon tank and 1500 gpm Hale pump.