Madison County Information

Madison County Courthouse

Madison County was founded in 1812 and originally included all of the land that is north of St. Louis that is now present day Illinois and extended north into all of Wisconsin, part of Minnesota and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Madison County went through several border changes over the next 30 years drastically reducing its size as new states and Illinois counties were formed until its present size was established in 1843. Today, Madison County covers over 740 square miles of land.

Where is Madison County?

Madison County Illinois is located just east of St. Louis across the Mississippi River. It borders the Illinois counties of St. Clair and Clinton on the south; Bond on the east; Montgomery and Macoupin on the north. The Mississippi forms most of its western border with the State of Missouri to the west. Jersey County is to the northwest.

Madison County is part of what is called the "Metro East" and refers to its part in making up the geographical area called the Metropolitan St. Louis Area. St. Clair County Illinois is also part of the Metro East. Madison County is made up of large and small cities such as Alton and Edwardsville, and villages which include Bethalto and Glen Carbon. Important roads and highways for the county include Interstates 270, 70, 255 and 55; Highways 3, 4, 67, 111, 140, 143, 157, 159 and others. For more information on the Madison County communities, go to our Madison County Illinois Communities page.

What Schools are in Madison County?

The residents of those Madison County communities have a wide variety of education choices. Public schools as well a private schools can be found in most of the communities. Public school districts include one to several elementary schools and middle schools and a single high school. Private schools include Catholic and Lutheran affiliated schools. For information on the schools located in Madison County, go to our Madison County Illinois Schools page. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus is located in Madison County as well as the SIU School of Dental Medicine that is located in Alton. Several community colleges are also in the county, Southwestern Illinois College-Granite City, Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey and the Lewis and Clark Community College-NO Nelson Campus in Edwardsville.

What's in Madison County?

Illinois is rich history and Madison County is filled with historic sites. The Piasa Bird park in Alton atests to the Native Americans that populated the area before any European settlers came. French explorers and the trappers that followed were some of those first settlers as the whole area was under French controlled and called the Illinois Country. Eventually the British after the French, then ultimately the Americans took control of the territory and the State of Illinois was formed in 1818. Some of those historic sites include the Colonel Bejamin Stephenson House, an important figure in the founding of Edwardsville and a Colonel in the War of 1812. The Camp River Dubois, a Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, is located near Hartford and the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and was the winter camp site of Lewis and Clark in 1803 before they began their famous expedition to explore the newly purchased Louisiana Territory. The Lincoln Douglas Square in Alton where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas had the last of their seven debates before the election of 1858 in which both were running for the same US Senate seat. Alton Illinois was very important in the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad.

There are many historic buildings and sites in Madison County that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of them are very unique like the Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower in Collinsville. Or whimsical like the Haskell Playhouse in Alton. The Emmert-Zippel House features the Old Six Mile Museum and is located in Granite City. Another is the Leclaire Historic District that includes the entire village that N.O. Nelson built for the workers in his factory. Some of them are solemn places such as the Alton National Cemetery where 163 Union soldiers are buried. And the Alton Military Prison, where Confederate soldiers where held in deplorable conditions and many died from small pox. The prisoners that died while there are buried in North Alton Confederate Cemetery.

Below is a list of some of the many attractions, schools, historic sites and more that are located in Madison County Illinois.

Alton High School
Alton High School - Alton High School is a public high school located in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Alton Illinois
Alton Illinois - The historic City of Alton Illinois is located in Madison County, along the Mississippi River in the 62002 zip code. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Alton Marina
Alton Marina - The Alton Marina offers many amenities for local boat owners and visitors and host many special events throughout the year. It is located in Alton, Illinois on the Mississippi River. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois, Recreation, Boating
Alton Memorial Hospital
Alton Memorial Hospital - Alton Memorial Hospital, a member of the BJC HealthCare System, provides health care services to the residents of Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Alton Museum of History and Art
Alton Museum of History and Art - The Alton Museum of History and Art showcases the art and history of the citizens of the Alton area. It is located on the SIU Dental School campus in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois, Museums
Alton Square Mall
Alton Square Mall - Alton Square Mall is located north of Alton Illinois near the intersection of Route 111 and Highway 67. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois, Shopping
Anderson Hospital
Anderson Hospital - Anderson Hospital serves the residents of Madison County and is located in Maryville Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62062, Maryville Illinois
Argosy Casino Alton
Argosy Casino Alton - Argosy Casino Alton is gambling establishment with dining and entertainment options. It is located in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois, Casinos, Entertainment
Beall Manison
Beall Mansion - The Beall Mansion is a historic mansion located in Alton, Illinois built in 1903 for Z.B. Job who was a railroad baron and entrepreneur. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Bethalto Illinois
Bethalto Illinois - The Village of Bethalto Illinois is located in the northwest quadrant of Madison County. The village falls within two zip codes, 62010 and 62024. - More Info Tags: 62010, 62024, Bethalto Illinois
Brooks Catsup Bottle
Brooks Catsup Bottle - The Brooks Catsup Bottle, located in Collinsville Illinois, is the world's largest Catsup Bottle! It was also named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. An annual festival is held in July. - More Info Tags: 62234, Collinsville Illinois
Camp River Dubois
Camp River Dubois - The Camp River Dubois was the winter camp for Lewis and Clark before the expedition began. Featured there is a museum with exhibitions including a 55-foot full scale replica of the keel boat and a replica of Fort. - More Info Tags: 62048, Hartford Illinois, Museums
Chain of Rocks Bridge
Chain of Rocks Bridge-Route 66 Bikeway - The old Chain of Rocks Bridge, once the route of Historic Route 66, has been transformed into the Route 66 Bikeway that is a little over a 1 mile long paved trail on the bridge, crossing the Mississippi River and connecting the St. Louis Riverfront Trail with the MCT Confluence Trail (via Chain of Rocks Road) in Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62040, 63137, City of St Louis Missouri, Granite City Illinois, Recreation
Chouteau Island
Chouteau Island - Chouteau Island is a group of three islands just north of Downtown St Louis in the Mississippi River on the Illinois side. It features a multi-use gravel trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. - More Info Tags: 62040, Hiking, Recreation
Civic Memorial High School
Civic Memorial High School - Civic Memorial High School is a public high school located in Bethalto Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62010, Bethalto Illinois
Clark Bridge-Alton Illinois
Clark Bridge-Alton Illinois - The Clark Bridge is a "cable-stayed" bridge that spans the Mississippi River from West Alton Missouri into Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, 63386, Alton Illinois
Collinsville Illinois
Collinsville Illinois - The City of Collinsville Illinois is located in Madison County. It located in the 62234 zip code and is about 25 minutes from Downtown St. Louis. - More Info Tags: 62234, Collinsville Illiniois
Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House
Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House - Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House was the home of one of the founders of Edwardsville, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois, Museums
Confederate Prison Alton Illinois
Confederate Prison/Alton Federal Military Prison - The ruins of the Alton Federal Military Prison, also known as the Confederate Prison, is located in Alton Illinois and was used during the Civil War to house Confederate Prisoners. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
East Alton Illinois
East Alton Illinois - The Village of East Alton Illinois is located in Madison County in the 62024 zip code. - More Info Tags: 62024, East Alton Illinois
East Alton-Wood River High School
East Alton-Wood River High School - East Alton-Wood River High School is a public high school located in Wood River Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62095, Wood River Illinois
Edwardsville Arts Center
Edwardsville Arts Center - The Edwardsville Arts Center features exhibits of local artists, as well as regional and national artists and offers a wide variety of art classes to the community. It is located in Edwardsville Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois
The Edwardsville Children's Museum
Edwardsville Childrens Museum - The Edwardsville Children's Museum, located in Edwardsville Illinois is a educational enrichment museum for children. It is housed in the historic Leclaire Academy building. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois, Museums
Edwardsville City Park
Edwardsville City Park - Edwardsville City Park features the Madison County Centennial Monument and the Cleaon Etzkorn Bandstand and is located in Edwardsville Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois, Recreation
Edwardsville High School
Edwardsville High School - Edwardsville High School is a public high school located in Edwardsville Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois
Edwardsville Illinois
Edwardsville Illinois - The City of Edwardsville Illinois is located in Madison County and is the County Seat for the county. Edwardsville is located about 35 minutes from Downtown St. Louis. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois
Edwardsville Township Community Park
Edwardsville Township Community Park - The Edwardsville Township Community Park features picnic shelters, playground equipment, tennis courts and a soccer field. It is located in Edwardsville Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois, Recreation
Fairmount Park
Fairmount Park - Fairmount Park is a professional horse racing track and is located in Collinsville, Illinois, just minutes from Downtown St. Louis. - More Info Tags: 62234, Collinsville Illiniois, Entertainment
Gateway Center
Gateway Center - The Gateway Center is locate in Collinsville, Illinois, just minutes from Downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Center hosts many public, as well as private events throughout the year including trade shows, conventions, conferences, banquets and more. - More Info Tags:
Gateway Regional Medical Center
Gateway Regional Medical Center - Gateway Regional Medical Center is a hospital located in Granite City Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62040, Granite City Illinois
Glen Carbon Illinois
Glen Carbon Illinois - The Village of Glen Carbon Illinois is located in Madison County, in the 62034 zip code. The Village is about 30 minutes northeast of Downtown St Louis, near the Interstate 270 and Highway 157 interchange. - More Info Tags: 62034, Glen Carbon Illinois
Godfrey Illinois
Godfrey Illinois - The Village of Godfrey Illinois is located in Madison County in the 62035 zip code and is about 40 minutes from Downtown St Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 62035, Godfrey Illinois
Gordon Moore Park
Gordon Moore Park - The Gordon Moore Park, located in Alton Illinois, features athletic fields, disc golf course, picnic grounds, playground, an all-American rose garden and more. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois, Recreation
Granite City High School
Granite City High School - Granite City High School is a public high school located in Granite City Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62040, Granite City Illinois
Granite City Illinois
Granite City Illinois - The City of Granite City Illinois is located in Madison County, about 15 minutes northeast of Downtown St Louis. - More Info Tags: 62040, Granite City Illinois
Hartford Illinois
Hartford Illinois - The Village of Hartford Illinois is located in Madison County. It is about 30 minutes north of Downtown St Louis along Route 3. - More Info Tags: 62048, Hartford Illinois
Highland High School
Highland High School - Highland High School is a public high school located in Highland Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62249, Highland Illinois
Highland Illinois
Highland Illinois - The City of Highland Illinois is located in Madison County and is about 45 minutes east of Downtown St Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 62249, Highland Illinois
Historic Alton, Illinois
Historic Alton Illinois - Alton, Illinois has been the location of many historic events in the history of the United States. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Historic Leclaire Village
Historic Leclaire Village - The historic village of Leclaire was founded in 1890 by N.O. Nelson who had a vision to create a "model" factory town. The entire village is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in Edwardsville, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois
Horseshoe Lake State Park
Horseshoe Lake State Park - Horseshoe Lake State Park is located near Granite City in Madison County Illinois. It features boating, fishing, camping, hiking, hunting and much more! - More Info Tags: 62040, Recreation
Jacoby Arts Center
Jacoby Arts Center - Information on Jacoby Arts Center located in Alton Illinois which features art gallery exhibitions that are free and open to the public. - More Info Tags: Alton Illinois
Leclaire Baseball Field
Leclaire Baseball Field - The Leclaire Baseball Field is a Little League baseball facility that features an elementary size field. The historic Leclaire Academy is also located in the park. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois, Recreation
Leclaire Park
Leclaire Park - Leclaire Park is located in the historic Leclaire neighborhood of Edwardsville Illinois and features a 2 acre fishing lake, a gazebo, a bandstand and picnic facilities. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois, Recreation
Lewis and Clark Community College
Lewis and Clark Community College - Lewis and Clark Community College is a 2 year college located in Godfrey Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62035
Lewis and Clark Community College-N O Nelson Campus
Lewis and Clark Community College-N O Nelson Campus - The N.O Nelson Campus of the Lewis and Clark Community College is a two-year college and is located in the historic Leclaire factory building in Edwardsville Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois
Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower
Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower - The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower is a memorial celebrating the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is located in Hartford Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62048, Hartford Illinois
Lincoln Douglas Square
Lincoln Douglas Square - The Lincoln Douglas Square, located in Alton Illinois, is the exact location where the debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place when both were campaigning for the same US Senate seat in 1858. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Lindbergh Relay Station
Lindbergh Relay Station - The Lindbergh Relay Station in Godfrey, Illinois was once used to assist pilots, including Charles Lindbergh, who needed a layover along the Chicago-St. Louis Mail route. - More Info Tags: 62035, Godfrey Illinois
Madison High School
Madison High School - Madison High School is a public high school located in Madison Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62060, Madison Illinois
Madison Illinois
Madison Illinois - The City of Madison Illinois is located in Madison County in the 62060 zip code and is about 15 minutes north of Downtown St Louis. - More Info Tags: 62060, Madison Illinois
Marquette Catholic High School
Marquette Catholic High School - Marquette Catholic High School is a private co-ed catholic high school located in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Maryville Heritage Museum
Maryville Heritage Museum - The Maryville Heritage Museum features items that showcase the history of the citizens of Maryville Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62062, Maryville Illinois, Museums
Maryville Illinois
Maryville Illinois - The Village of Maryville Illinois is located in Madison County. - More Info Tags: 62062, 62234, Maryville Illinois
Miner Park
Miner Park - Miner Park is located in Glen Carbon Illinois and features pavilions, tennis courts, baseball fields, a band stand and more. - More Info Tags: 62034, Glen Carbon Illinois, Recreation
The National Great Rivers Museum
National Great Rivers Museum - The National Great Rivers Museum is located at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton Illinois. It features exhibits on the importance of the Mississippi River to the people and wildlife who live near it. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois, Museums
North Alton Confederate Cemetery
North Alton Confederate Cemetery - The North Alton Confederate Cemetery is the final resting place of 1,354 Confederate soldiers who died while in prison in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Old Fire Engine Museum
Old Fire Engine Museum - The Old Fire Engine Museum is located in Granite City Illinois chronicles the history of firefighting. - More Info Tags: 62040, Granite City Illinois, Museums
Old Six Mile Museum in the Emmert-Zippel House
Old Six Mile Museum in the Emmert-Zippel House - The Old Six Mile Museum is housed in the Emmert-Zippel House which is located in Granite City, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62040, Granite City Illinois, Museums
Piasa Bird Monument
Piasa Bird - The Piasa Bird is a legendary bird-like creature that, according to legend, terrorized the Illni Indian tribes long before any European settlers came to the Alton area. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Pontoon Beach Illinois
Pontoon Beach Illinois - The Village of Pontoon Beach Illinois is located in Madison County in the 62040 zip code and is about 25 minutes north of Downtown St Louis via Interstate 70 and Illinois Highway 3. - More Info Tags: 62040, Pontoon Beach Illinois
Rock Spring Park
Rock Spring Park - Rock Spring Park features picnic pavilions, a playground and an 18 hole Disc Golf Course. The park is located in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois, Recreation
Roxana Community Park
Roxana Community Park - Roxana Community Park features a swimming pool, the "Rox-Arena", a disc golf course, and much more. It is located in Roxana in Madison County Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62084, Recreation, Roxana Illinois
Roxana Illinois
Roxana Illinois - The Village of Roxana Illinois is located in Madison County, in the 62084 zip code. - More Info Tags: 62084, 62024, Roxana Illinois
Roxana Senior High School
Roxana Senior High School - Roxana Senior High School is a public high school located in Roxana Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62084, Roxana Illinois
Saint Anthony's Health Center
Saint Anthony's Health Center - Saint Anthony's Health Center is an acute care hospital located in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Saint Clare's Hospital
Saint Clare's Hospital - Saint Clare's Hospital is located in Alton Illinois and is part of Saint Anthony's Health Center. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
SIU School of Dental Medicine
SIU School of Dental Medicine - Information on the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine located in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a 4 year private college located in Edwardsville Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62025
Southwestern Illinois College-Granite City Campus
Southwestern Illinois College-Granite City Campus - The Southwestern Illinois College-Granite City Campus is a 2-year college for those seeking an associates degree or continuing education. - More Info Tags: 62040, Granite City Illinois
St Jacob Illinois
St Jacob Illinois - The Village of St Jacob Illinois is located in Madison County, in the 62281 zip code and is about 33 minutes east of Downtown St Louis via Interstate 70/US Highway 40. - More Info Tags: 62281, St Jacob Illinois
St Louis Regional Airport
St Louis Regional Airport - The St Louis Regional Airport is located in East Alton Illinois - More Info Tags: 62024, Bethalto Illinois
St. Joseph's Hospital Highland
St. Joseph's Hospital Highland - St. Joseph's Hospital Highland a critical access hospital and is located in Highland Illinois. It has served the surrounding communities since 1878. - More Info Tags: 62249, Highland Illinois
Triad High School
Triad High School - Triad High School is a public high school located in Troy Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62294, Troy Illinois
Wood River Aquatic Center
Wood River Aquatic Center - Information on the Wood River Aquatic Center located in Central Park in Wood River Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62095, Recreation, Wood River Illinois
Wood River Illinois
Wood River Illinois - The City of Wood River Illinois is located in Madison County in the 62095 zip code, about 30 minutes north of Downtown St Louis. - More Info Tags: 62095, 62024, Wood River Illinois
Wood River Massacre Memorial
Wood River Massacre Memorial - The Wood River Massacre Memorial is located in Alton Illinois, near the location of the massacre of 7 people in 1814 by a band of renegade Indians. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Wood River Museum and Visitor's Center
Wood River Museum and Visitor's Center - Information on the Wood River Museum and Visitor's Center which is free to the public. - More Info Tags: 62095, Museums, Wood River Illinois
Wood River Refinery History Museum
Wood River Refinery History Museum - Information on the Wood River Refinery History Museum which chronicles the history of the refinery since 1917. - More Info Tags: 62084, Museums, Roxana Illinois
Yanda Log Cabin
Yanda Log Cabin - The Yanda Log Cabin was built in 1853 by William Yanda, who became the blacksmith of Glen Carbon Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62034, Glen Carbon Illinois

More Madison County Information

East Alton Ice Arena - East Alton Ice Arena is an indoor, open year-round ice-skating rink located in East Alton in Madison County Illinois. - More Info - Tags: 62024, Alton Illinois, Recreation

Emerick Sports Complex - Information on Emerick Sports Complex located in Wood River Illinois that features a soccer field, fishing lake, picnic facilities, the "Surfs Up" playground and more! - More Info - Tags: 62095, Recreation, Wood River Illinois

Sanford-Brown College-Collinsville Campus - Information on Sanford-Brown College located in Collinsville Illinois - More Info - Tags: 62234, Collinsville Illiniois

SIU-E Disc Golf Course - SIU-E Disc Golf Course is located on the campus of SIU-E near Prairie Residence Hall and is a 9-hole course with DISCatcher holes and concrete tees. SIU-E is located in Edwardsville, Illinois. - More Info - Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois, Recreation

Springers Creek Winery - The Springers Creek Winery is located along Route 66 in Edwardsville in Madison County Illinois. - More Info - Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois

Tri Township Park - Tri Township Park is located in Troy Illinois and features a fishing lake, picnic pavilions, a skateboard park, athletic fields and more. - More Info - Tags: 62294, Recreation, Troy Illinois

Troy Illinois - The City of Troy Illinois is located in Madison Illinois in the 62294 zip code. - More Info - Tags: 62294, Troy Illinois

Vintner's Cellar Winery - The Vintner's Cellar Winery is located in Edwardsville in Madison County Illinois. - More Info - Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois

Woodland Park - Woodland Park features baseball fields, picnic pavilions, a playground, a fishing pond, and the 18 hole "Woodland Chains" Disc Golf course. The park is located in Collinsville Illinois. - More Info - Tags: 62234, Collinsville Illiniois, Recreation

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