Introduction to East St. Louis, Illinois
East St. Louis, Illinois, in St Clair county, is 7 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Saint Louis metropolitan area. East St. Louis contains a population of approximately 31,542.
East St. Louis History
The modern day city of East St. Louis was originally inhabited by Native American tribes. Following the Europen settlement in this area, it began to be called llinoistown. In 1959, East St. Louis was named as an All America City. James Williams became the first black mayor of East St. Louis in 1971. The city is the birthplace of the tennis legend Jimmy Connors.
East St. Louis and nearby Attractions
- Frank Holten State Park
- World Aquarium
- Black World History Museum
- St Louis Zoo
- Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - Madison
- Missouri Botanical Garden
Things To Do In East St. Louis
While staying in East St. Louis, you can spend your leisure time at Jones Park, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and Lincoln Park. The East Saint Louis Public Library and City Museum are worth visiting. You can also visit the Fabulous Fox Theatre. The Forest Park and St. Louis Zoo are also nearby. In addition, the city organizes a number of recreational programs and events all through the year.
East St. Louis Transportation
You can avail international flights from Lambert - St Louis International Airport.
East St. Louis Higher Education
Saint Louis University - Main Campus, University of Missouri - St Louis, Southwestern Illinois College, Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park, Washington University and several other colleges and universities provide higher educational facilities to the residents of East St. Louis.