Introduction to Collinsville, Illinois
Collinsville, Illinois, in Madison county, is 16 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is conveniently located inside the Saint Louis metropolitan area. There are an estimated 24,707 people in Collinsville.
John Cook of Shepherdstown was the first permanent settler of Collinsville. He arrived in the city in 1810. The three Collins brothers settled in the area in 1817. In fact, the city was named after William Collins, one of the three brothers. The area was originally known as Unionville. The name was changed to Collinsville because there was another place by the name of Unionville in Illinois. Collinsville was incorporated in 1872 as a city. John Becker became the first elected Mayor of Collinsville. The City Hall was built in 1885.
Collinsville and nearby Attractions
- Collinsville Historical Museum
- Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
- Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - Madison
- Frank Holten State Recreation Area
- World Aquarium
- St Louis Zoo
Things To Do In Collinsville
The city of Collinsville offers a number of recreational facilities. You can visit the Cahokia Mounds State Historic and World Heritage site that features 65 manmade earthen mounds. You can also visit Fairmount Park, Woodland City Park, and Glidden City Park. The Splash City Family Waterpark offers a number of water rides including the FlowRider, two 150 feet long water slides, Monsoon Mountain, kiddy pools, and a lazy river. Golfing can be enjoyed at the Arlington Greens Golf Course.
You can avail air transportation from St Louis Regional Airport.
Collinsville Higher Education
The nearby colleges and universities are Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Saint Louis University - Main Campus, and Southwestern Illinois College.