Edwardsville, Illinois

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Edwardsville is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2005 census, the city population was 24,047. It is the county seat of Madison County[1] and is the third oldest city in the State of Illinois. The city was named in honor of Ninian Edwards, then Governor of the Illinois Territory.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Edwardsville Journal, the Madison County Record and the Edwardsville Intelligencer are located here. It is also home to some of the area's biggest construction companies including: Dean and Sons Construction, Phelps Construction, Thiems Construction.

Edwardsville is a part of Southern Illinois, the Metro-East region, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is near Glen Carbon, Illinois. It is part of the Edwardsville School District, which also includes the villages of Glen Carbon, Hamel and Moro, as well as the townships areas around them.

A 2010 issue of Family Circle magazine named Edwardsville third of their "Top 10 Best Towns for Families".[2]


Nature /Recreation

  • MCT Trails: Madison County Transit has developed more than 85 miles (137 km) of scenic bikeways that weave throughout the communities of Edwardsville and nearby Glen Carbon and beyond. The trails are mostly asphalt. Maps of the trails, which connect to neighborhoods, schools, business districts, SIUE, parks and more, can be found on kiosks throughout the trail system, or online at www.mcttrails.org.
  • Watershed Nature Center: 46-acre (190,000 m2) wildlife preserve. The interpretive center displays native Illinois plants and animals, and has education about the environment. Programming for children and adults available.
  • SIUE Campus: Located on 2,660 acres (11 km2), the SIUE campus jas the most acreage of any campus in the United States. The property includes rolling hills, acres of forests, and extensive fields.

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