Collinsville has a wide variety of terrain within the city and township borders. The city is located about 12 miles, slightly north and east of St. Louis, Missouri. It encompasses 13.6 square miles and has less than 1% of that area in water. It is a very green city, featuring lots of trees. Although some of Collinsville is situated on the eastern edge of the Mississippi River Basin. most of Collinsville resides on high ground framed by the bluffs that once contained the mighty Mississippi River. From these bluffs you have a commanding view of the region and beyond to St. Louis.
The US census of 2000 reports that there were 24,707 citizens living in 10,458 households. 6.672 of these citizens live in the city limits and the rest are spread over a wide township area. The median age is 37 which also is about the median of the largest census group (30.5% 25 to 44). The next largest group are those under 18 who represent 23.2% of the population. Median household income of Collinsville is $42,353. Women outnumber men at just about 10 to 9 across all age groups. 48% of households include married couples.
Historic Point Of Interest – Monk’s Mound
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site offers a step back to a pre-Columbian civilization that once ruled the Mississippi Valley region. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers a museum and self-guided as well as an interpretive center focusing on the Mississippian culture that built it’s city on mounds throughout the region. Several of these mounds are preserved and the larges, “Monk’s Mound” has stairway access. This mound offers an excellent view of the area that stretches all the way to St. Louis. This is site features the largest earthworks of an ancient civilization in North America. The base of Monk’s Mound is as large as the Giza Pyramid in Egypt.
Unique Landmarks – Largest Catsup Bottle in the World!
The Largest Catchup Bottle in the World!The Brooks Catchup Bottle, located near downtown on Rte. 159 is the largest catchup bottle in the world. Recently refinished to it’s original splendor, this massive metal copy of a catchup bottle rates as one of those “have to see” places if you are in the region. Located about 5 miles north of I-64 on Rte 159, consider diverting an hour if you are moving through the region on either I-64, I-55 or I-70. Access takes about the same time from any interstate.
Internationally Known – Horseradish Capital of the World
If you like fresh horseradish, you have come to the right place! Collinsville produces 85% of the worlds horseradish and it is of such high quality that the root is exported internationally. There is an annual festival celebrating this spicy herb held every June and it draws people from all over the world!
Regional Festivals – Family Friendly Italian Fest
Fall can’t come fast enough for local and regional friends of good fun, food, and music during Collinsville’s annual September celebration of it’s Italian heritage. This party on Main Street brings all things good and Italian together with a slice of local flavor, musicians and fun.