Introduction to Troy, Illinois
Troy, Illinois, in Madison county, is 22 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is included in the Saint Louis metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 8,524 people lived in Troy.
Troy was formed from ten acres of land bought by James Riggen and David Hendershot in 1819. It was originally known as Columbia, but Riggen soon renamed it Troy. A post office was formed in Troy in 1833. It became an important stagecoach stop for travelers coming from St. Louis. Troy was legally recognized in 1857.
Troy and nearby Attractions
- Alton Museum of History and Art
- Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
- Frank Holten State Recreation Area
- St. Louis Zoo
- Aquatic Center
- Cuivre River State Park
Things To Do In Troy
The Paul Simon Museum, the Alton Museum of History and Art and the children's Museum at Edwardsville are all accessible from Troy. The Shaw Park Aquatic Center, the St.Louis Zoo and the World Aquarium are some popular local recreational destinations. Fishing, boating, swimming, hiking and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area-Madison.
Lambert-St.Louis International is the nearest major airport.
Troy Higher Education
Nearby colleges and universities include Southern Illinois University, Southwestern Illinois College, Lewis and Clark Community College and Saint Louis Community College.