Belleville is located in the southwestern part of the state of Illinois and is a city and seat of St. Clair County. It sits on the eastern part of the Mississippi River and is situated 16 miles from the city of St. Louis, Missouri. It lies on the bluffs that forms part of the floodplain that runs along the Mississippi River, the area was founded by a French explorer and has then given the name Belleville that means “Beautiful City” in French. At the start of 1930, the city was transformed when an influx of German immigrants arrived in the city, thus, the coal mines were then opened in the limits of the city. The city’s economy was well-diversified with coal mining and manufacturing as the primary factors. With the establishment of the Scott Air Force base forming the basis of the economy, agriculture then followed after and some manufacturing in appliances and space heaters.
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