Introduction to Washington Park, Illinois
Washington Park, Illinois is 10 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri. The village is conveniently located inside the Saint Louis metropolitan area. There are an estimated 5,345 people in Washington Park.
Washington Park History
Washington Park is located in St. Clair County, which was founded in 1790. It was not only the first county to be established in the state of Illinois, but was formed even before the formal creation of Illinois. The county was named after Arthur St. Clair, the Governor of the Northwest Territory. He organized St. Clair County in 1790.
Washington Park and nearby Attractions
- Mississippi River State Fish & Wildlife Area
- Alton Museum of History and Art
- Illinois Caverns State Natural Area
- Eugene Field House and Toy Museum
- Castlewood State Park
- Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Things To Do In Washington Park
The City Museum, the Museum of Westward Expansion, the Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Eugene Field House and Toy Museum are all located within 10 miles of Washington Park. The Chatillon-Demenil Mansion, the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, the Jefferson Barracks Historical Park and the Ulysses S. Grant Farm are all nearby as well. At the Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area-Madison, visitors can enjoy hiking, boating, camping, fishing and picnicking. The 1,125-acre Frank Holten State Recreation Area offers facilities for fishing and boating, and also has a golf course. The Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo are other popular local recreational attractions.
Washington Park Transportation
Lambert-St. Louis International is the nearest major airport.
Washington Park Higher Education
Saint Louis Community College-Forest Park, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southwestern Illinois College are all accessible from Washington Park.