Introduction to Wood River, Illinois
Wood River, Illinois, in Madison county, is 13 miles E of Florissant, Missouri and 18 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri. The people of the city are in the Saint Louis metropolitan area. Wood River has a population of 11,296.
Wood River History
In the early 1900s, the Wood River region was mostly uninhabited. In 1907, the Standard Oil Company moved into the area and established a refinery one year later. An an enthusiastic local entrepreneur, A. E. Benbow, founded Benbow City, a town of saloons, casinos, and brothels in 1907. Benbow City gradually became the home of the workers moving in to work at the refinery. The City of Wood River was founded around Benbow City to provide homes to the miners and workers. It was finally incorporated in 1908, and later went on to annex Benbow City and a number of local farming communities.
Wood River and nearby Attractions
- C & H Amusements
- Wood River Plaza Shopping Center
- Gvillo Pond
- Saint John United Church of Christ
- Belk Park Golf Course
- Wood River Public Library
Things To Do In Wood River
C & H Amusements is a popular amusement and theme park. Gvillo Pond is a beautiful, crystal blue lake with facilities for fishing. Belk Park Golf Course allows tourists to indulge in a relaxing game of golf.
Wood River Transportation
Air transportation facilities are provided by St Louis Regional Airport.
Wood River Higher Education
Lewis and Clark Community College and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville provide higher educational facilities to the people of Wood River.