St. Clair County was the first county established
in the state of Illinois. It was created before the state of
Illinois as it was one of two counties established in the Northwest
Territory in 1790. The County was named for Arthur St. Clair,
Governor of the Northwest Territory and Revolutionary War officer
who organized the county in 1790. In its original boundaries,
the county covered two-thirds of present-day Illinois. Greater
St. Louis is the informal name of the St. Louis Metropolitan
Statistical Area, which St. Clair County and is the largest
in the state of Missouri.
Belleville is the county seat of St. Clair County.
George Blair named the city in 1814, which means Beautiful City.
Belleville’s downtown is home to blues, jazz, and rock
clubs. Belleville Philharmonic Society was formed in 1866, making
it the second oldest philharmonic orchestra in the country.
Lebanon is a city in St. Clair County and like many other places
in "Little Egypt" or Southern Illinois; Lebanon was
named after the Middle Eastern country of the same name. Lebanon
is home to McKendree College. Founded in 1828, McKendree College
is the oldest college in Illinois.
Scott Air Force Base is located in St. Clair
County, near Belleville. The government named the field after
Corporal Frank S. Scott, the first enlisted person to be killed
in an aviation crash. The base serves as the headquarters for
the Air Mobility Command, the United States Transportation Command,
the Eighteenth Air Force, and the Air Force Communications Agency.
Its airfield is also used by MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. MidAmerica
operates as a Joint Use Airport and is currently served by Allegiant
Air. With more than 13,000 employees, Scott is one of the top
five employers in the St. Louis region.
St. Clair County is surrounded by several major
tourist attractions including the National Shrine of Our Lady
of the Snows, Gateway International Raceway, Cahokia Mounds,
Belleville Labor and Industry Museum, Cahokia Courthouse, Frank
Holten State Park, Illinois Caverns State Natural Area, Jarrot
Mansion, Emma Kunz House, Saint Peter's Cathedral and the Victorian
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Places of interest in St. Clair County include Cahokia Mounds,
Saint Louis University, Lindenwood University, Southwestern
Illinois College, McKendree College, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport,
Air Mobility Command, United States Transportation Command,
Eighteenth Air Force, Air Force Communications Agency, Greater
St. Louis, National Stock Yards, Scott AFB, Scott Air Force
Base, Peabody River King St. Fish and Wildlife Area, Church
of the Holy Family, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snow,
GMC Stadium, Cahokia Courthouse, Frank Holten State Park, Gateway
International Raceway, Bellefontaine House, Belleville Labor
and Industry Museum, Broadway Center of Arts, Illinois Caverns
State Natural Area, Jarrot Mansion, Emma Kunz House, Martin-Boismenue
House, Peterstown House, Saint Peter's Cathedral, William and
Florence Schmidt Art Center and the Victorian Home Museum.