Introduction to Centralia, Illinois
Centralia, Illinois, in Marion county, is 61 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri.
Centralia’s history has been strewn with a number of disasters and setbacks, beginning with discontinuation of the Illinois Central railroad, which was instrumental in the initial development of the town. There was a mining disaster in 1947 that killed 111 people and led to the closing of the coal mine. There was also an oil boom which did not last long enough as the oil supply exhausted in the 1950s.
Centralia and nearby Attractions
- Carlyle Lake
- Raccoon Creek Reservoir
- Centralia Foundation Park
- Greenview Golf Club
- Fairview Park
- Meadow Woods Country Club
Things To Do In Centralia
Foundation Park is spread over an area of 235 acres and is a scenic park that has an exercise trail, hiking trails, fishing ponds stocked with bluegill, bass and catfish and an ice skating pond. The park also has many other facilities. The historical downtown area dates back to the 1800s and has restaurants, shops and entertainment opportunities for everyone.
Mount Vernon Airport is the nearest major airport.
Centralia Higher Education
Kaskaskia College is the local educational institution, while Southwestern Illinois College and Carbondale College are also in the area.