O'Fallon, Illinois

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O'Fallon is a suburb of St. Louis located in St. Clair County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 21,910. A July 2007 estimate puts the population at 27,061.[1] The city center is located approximately two miles east of the intersection of Interstate 64 and U.S. Route 50.



Founded in 1854, O'Fallon's namesake comes from Colonel John O'Fallon who was a wealthy gentleman from St. Louis. In downtown O'Fallon, a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad railroad depot was built, which helped put O'Fallon on the map. City lots were platted and sold at a public auction on May 18, 1854. A post office was established the following year and the city began attracting German settlers looking for fertile farming land. On January 27, 1874, O'Fallon was incorporated as a village. On March 14, 1905, the citizens voted for a change to the city form of government. Since its founding, O'Fallon has gained population every year except 1930, when the census showed a net loss of 23 people.

O'Fallon today

Since the 1980s, growth in O'Fallon has accelerated. Following the expansion of Interstate 64, the 1990s saw a building boom with the construction of several now-established subdivisions including Thornbury Hills, Nolin Creek Estates, Fairwood Hills, Deer Creek, Forest Hills, and the completion of Fairwood East. O'Fallon Township High School's main campus at 600 South Smiley Street has undergone numerous additions over the past decades to ease overcrowding. A new city hall was completed in 1996. More than 50 percent of O'Fallon's housing is less than 15 years old.[2]


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