Introduction to Waterloo, Illinois
Waterloo, Illinois, in Monroe county, is 21 miles S of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is included in the Saint Louis metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 7,614 people lived in Waterloo.
Waterloo was first settled in by French explorers in the 1600s. American settlement in the area began with the arrival of James Garretson, Larken Rutherford and James Moore, who came from Virginia and Maryland. This was the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory. The plot of land, on which the community of Waterloo was established was purchased by Illinois State Senator George Forquer in 1818. German settlers began to arrive in the 1830s, which marked a considerable rise in the population of the area. Waterloo was officially incorporated in 1888.
Waterloo and nearby Attractions
- Eugene Field House and Toy Museum
- Peabody River State Fish & Wildlife Area
- Fort de Chartres
- Illinois Caverns State Natural Area
- Missouri Botanical Garden
Things To Do In Waterloo
Lcal golfers can enjoy a round at Acorns Golf Links or at the Ridge Golf and Country Club. The St. Louis Zoo and World Aquarium is a popular local recreational spot. Local museums include the Eugene Field House and Toy Museum, the Carondelet Historic Center, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame and the Museum of Westward Expansion. The community hosts the Monroe County Fair every July.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is nearby.
Waterloo Higher Education
Universities near Waterloo include Webster University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University.