Monroe county was established in 1816, two years before Illinois became a state. It is named for James Monroe, the 5th President of the United States (1816-24) who is most noted for authoring the "Monroe Doctrine".
The county is located in southwestern Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River and is heavily influenced by its proud German heritage. It features an array of wineries as well as natural wonders such as Mammouth Cave, originally opened to the public for the St Louis World's Fair in 1904.
The county seat is Waterloo and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 27,289, an increase of 4,867 over the 1990 census.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
Additional information is available at these pages:
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Carlyle) Clinton County
(Edwardsville) Madison County
(Petersburg) Menard County
(Waterloo) Monroe County
(Pinckneyville) Perry County
(Chester) Randolph County
08/06 Coming to The Waterloo area
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
Lower Town Arts and Music Festival Paducah KY May17-19 The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky is THE regional Festival for Western Kentucky and the surrounding area. The Festival's mission is to celebrate the cultural richness of this part of the country.
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