Wood River, Illinois

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Wood River is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States. The population was 11,296 at the 2000 census.



Wood River is located at 38°51′47″N 90°5′19″W / 38.86306°N 90.08861°W / 38.86306; -90.08861 (38.863047, -90.088527).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.7 km²), of which, 6.1 square miles (15.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.33%) is water.

Wood River is located on the Mississippi River approximately 15 miles (24 km) upstream of downtown St. Louis, Missouri among several coterminus cities and villages that have come to be known as the "Riverbend" area. The current confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers is just south of one of these neighboring villages, Hartford. Other cities making up the "Riverbend" include Alton, East Alton, Godfrey, Roxana and Bethalto.

Higher education

Nearby colleges and universities include Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, The Principia, a four year private college for Christian Scientists located in the Village of Elsah, and Lewis and Clark Community College. The Dental School of Southern Illinois University is located close by in the city of Alton.


Wood River is most famous for its role as being near the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803–04. Meriwether Lewis declared the mouth of the Dubois River to be the expedition's official point of departure. The Dubois River is today known as the Wood River—or to locals as "Wood River Creek". Their winter camp at Camp Dubois is now the site of the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, just off Illinois Route 3 near Hartford.

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