Introduction to Edwardsville, Illinois
Edwardsville, Illinois, in Madison county, is 20 miles E of Florissant, Missouri (center to center) and 21 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri. The people of the city are in the Saint Louis metropolitan area. Edwardsville has a population of 21,491.
Edwardsville, the third oldest city of Illinois, was first settled in 1805. Thomas Kirkpatrick was the first settler of the area. He named the area after Ninian Edwards, who was the territorial governor of Illinois. It was originally incorporated in 1818. N.O. Nelson, an industrialist, came to Edwardsville in 1890 to locate a site for his plumbing manufacturing company. He created a model "utopian" village called Leclaire in this area.
Edwardsvilley and nearby Attractions
- The Children's Museum in Edwardsville
- Madison County Historical Society Museum
- Frank Holten State Recreation Area
- Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - Madison
- World Aquarium
- St Louis Zoo
Things To Do In Edwardsville
Edwardsville is a vibrant city that boasts of several beautiful lakes and parks. The local parks include Glik Park, Leclaire Park, Hoppe Park, City Park, Lusk Park, and Edwardsville Township Park. The Children's Museum of Edwardsville, located in the former Leclaire Academy, is also worth visiting. Biking can be enjoyed at the scenic MCT Trails. You can also plan a day trip to the Watershed Nature Center. The SIUE Campus offers rolling hills, several fields, and acres of forests.
St Louis Regional Airport is nearby.
Edwardsville Higher Education
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville and Alvareitas College of Cosmetology are the local institutes of higher education.