Introduction to Granite City, Illinois
Granite City, Illinois, in Madison county, is 8 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri. The people of the city are in the Saint Louis metropolitan area. Granite City has a population of 31,301.
Granite City History
The early 1800s saw the arrival of settlers in the area now known as Granite City. Farms were built to take advantage of the rich, fertile soil of this region. Six Mile, a farming area, was established in the 1830s. German immigrant brothers, Frederick G. and William Niedringhaus, founded Granite City in 1896. This was meant to be a planned company city for the graniteware kitchen supplies factory of these two brothers. In fact, the community got its name from the graniteware that was produced here.
Granite City and nearby Attractions
- Saint Louis Holocaust Museum
- Granite City Public Library
- Campbell House
- Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
- Bellemore Village Shopping Center
- Wilson Park
Things To Do In Granite City
While in Granite City, one can visit the Saint Louis Holocaust Museum which features the Holocaust history along with personal accounts of survivors. The Campbell House and Scott Joplin House State Historic Site are also nearby. Visitors can also visit Granite City City Hall and Granite City Public Library. There are a number of churches and cemeteries in the area and visitors can also spend a fun-filled day at Wilson Park. The Bellemore Village Shopping Center offers entertainment facilities for the enjoyment of both children and adults.
Granite City Transportation
St. Louis Regional Airport offers air transportation facilities.
Granite City Higher Education
Opportunities for higher education are provided by the local Sanford-Brown College. Other institutes nearby are the Saint Louis University-Main Campus, the Lewis and Clark Community College, the Saint Louis Community College-Forest Park, and the University of Missouri-St Louis.