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December 15, 2017

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The city of Collinsville resides in both Madison County and St. Clair County. In 1800, Ephraim Connor settled in the area that would become Collinsville, making him the first American settler of what would become Madison County.((History of Madison County, Illinois, Illustrated. With Biographical Sketches of many Prominent Men and Pioneers (Edwardsville: W. R. Brink and Company, 1882), 454.)) Collinsville was officially incorporated February 15, 1855,((Flagg, James S., editor, Our 150 Years, 1812-1962. (Edwardsville: East 10 Publishing, 1962.), 61.)) and by 1880 the population of Collinsville reached 2,887 inhabitants.((Statistics of the Population of the United States at the Tenth Census (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1883), 139.)) Collinsville is home to the world’s largest ketchup bottle and is the world’s horseradish capital. As of the 2010 census, the city of Collinsville has a population of 25,579.((Illinois: 2010, Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, 2010 Census of Population and Housing (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 2012), 118.))

Collinsville in 2017
From the Maps & Plats GIS Division of the Madison County Chief County Assessment Office

To access the city of Collinsville’s website, follow this link.

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Cite this article: Nichol Allen and Ben Ostermeier, "Collinsville," Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois, last modified April 13, 2020,
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