From Picturesque St. Louis (1909) by F.A. Reid
Finkenbiner-Reid Publishing Co. St. Louis, Mo.
East St. Louis and the Tri-Cities--National City--
A DISTINGUISHED NEIGHBOR, EAST ST. LOUIS-ITS NOTABLE
PUBLIC BUILDINGS-IMMENSITY OF ITS
MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES-ITS FINE TROLLEY SYSTEM-THE TRI-CITIES-NATIONAL
CITY AND THE STOCK YARDS-EDWARDSVILLE, COLLINSVILLE, O'FALLON, LEBANON-BELLEVILLE
AND ITS FINE POINTS-THE McKINLEY SYSTEM-SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, THE CAPITOL
CITY OF A MAGNIFICENT STATE-A WEALTH OF OBJECTS OF INTEREST TO VISITORS.
ONE of the most distinguished neighbors of St. Louis is its near-by Illinois namesake:
East St. Louis. It is a bustling, hustling, ambitious city of 75,000 people.
The progressive, aspiring men who have controlled its destinies for the last few years
have the indomitable spirit necessary to make their city the second in importance about
here, and that they do not propose to lag far behind in the race for a very big place on
railroad maps and river charts is quite evident.
||The public improvements suggested and already accomplished speak worlds
for the general policy of Mayor Cook's administration at home and Congressman Rodenberg's
at Washington. The modern accommodations afforded by the East St. Louis and Suburban
Railway Company have also been an important factor in the upbuilding of East St. Louis.
The efficient service they render, the neatness of all and the elegance of many of their
cars and their generally broad policy in catering to the needs of their great clientage
have been a matter of mutual pride and gain. It is one of the best systems in the country.
Their lines traverse the city of East St. Louis and what are commonly called "The
Tri-Cities"--Venice, Madison, Granite City--and National City (meaning "the
Stock Yards"), Alton, Edwardsville, Collinsville, O'Fallon, Lebanon, Edgemont and
Belleville, bringing into communion a territory covering a population of over a quarter of
a million people with general interests centering in St. Louis and East St. Louis.
|To reach any of these points from the St. Louis side it is only necessary
to take a car at Eads Bridge and transfer on the other side to objective points. The
outings by this line to all the above mentioned places are simply the most pleasing in
this whole and amply repay one for becoming familiar with them.
A feature of the greatest import to everyone in any way interested in horses, mules,
and catttle generally are the Stock Yards, easily reached by trolley. While a section of
the yards are used for slaughtering purposes, the main portion are for the reception and
sale of stock and a visit there is one you ought not to miss if you go to the East Side.