Chapters include: Frontier and Formative Years, The German Element, 50 years of Industrial Growth, The 1914 Centennial and Preservation Today. All photos have detailed historical information. Belleville, the county seat of the first county in the State of Illinois enjoyed phenomenal 19th Century growth. Three situations came together for Belleville: Easy access to coal as power, railroads, and a large, skilled work force to keep smokestack industries producing. Here is your chance to read about and enjoy how a landlocked community founded in 1814 formulated early Illinois politics, participated in the Civil War and played a significant role in the development of the American West.
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