Introduction to Belleville, Illinois
Belleville, Illinois, in St Clair county, is 17 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri. Part of the surrounding Saint Louis metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Belleville is home to some 41,410 residents.
The area was named Belleville by George Blair in 1814. It was originally incorporated as a village in 1819 and was reincorporated as a city in 1850. A number of Germans settled in this area after the failure of the German Revolution during the 1840s. Cyrus Roberts and John Cox opened the Illinois Foundry in 1848. The railroad lines first entered the city between 1870 and 1890.
Belleville and nearby Attractions
- Frank Holten State Recreation Area
- Victorian Home Museum
- Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
- World Aquarium
- St Louis Zoo
- Eugene Field House and Toy Museum
Things To Do In Belleville
Belleville offers a number of quality shopping, dining, entertainment, and other recreational facilities. Visitors have easy access to the Art on the Square, Broadway Center of Arts, Belle - Clair Fairgrounds Park, Cathedral of St. Peter, Gustave Koerner House Museum, and Victorian House Museum. Leisure hours can also be spent at the Lincoln Theatre. The Labor & Industry Museum and the Emma Kunz House are also worth visiting.
Air transportation is available from Scott AFB/ MidAmerica Airport.
Belleville Higher Education
Higher educational facilities are provided by Southwestern Illinois College, Saint Louis University - Main Campus, Washington University, and several other colleges and universities.