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Granite City

December 15, 2017

Last modified: April 13, 2020

Granite City was founded March 9, 1896 by German immigrant brothers Frederick and William Niedringhaus. The brothers established the city as a steel manufacturing town that specialized in kitchen utensils.1 By 1900, Granite City had a population of 3,122 people.3 As of the 2010 census, Granite City has a population of 29,849.2

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

To access Granite City’s website, follow this link.

For more, see these Oral Histories

Endnotes   [ + ]

1. Flagg, James S., editor, Our 150 Years, 1812-1962. (Edwardsville: East 10 Publishing, 1962.), 61; “History of Granite City: Part III,”Granite City website. Retrieved Dec. 2017.
2. Illinois: 2010, Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, 2010 Census of Population and Housing (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 2012), 126.
3. Census Reports Volume I: Population Part I (Washington: United States Census Office, 1901), 126.
Cite this article: Nichol Allen, "Granite City," Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois, last modified April 13, 2020,
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