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Old 10-16-2019, 01:07 PM
 
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Alton, Edwardsville, Belleville that I know. I hear good things about Columbia IL but don’t know if they have a decent downtown.

Alton has an awesome downtown. Lots of restaurants, Mineral Springs Mall, Fast Eddy's is close by. To me, it's a very pleasant way to spend the day.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:08 PM
 
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Other quaint places...Grafton. Interesting shops along the river, and a great view of the river.
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Old 11-11-2020, 11:59 AM
 
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Which small towns and/or cities across the river from St. Louis have the nicest downtowns?
We just moved to Alton, from California 18 months ago! Alton has a cute downtown, but there's not as much going on since covid! It was bustling when we got here & hopefully will be again! Views of the Mississippi River and the beautiful bridge to St. Louis are spectacular...we went down by the river a couple of days ago, and you can get within just a couple of feet of it! Magnificent!! Don't miss California at all, except for kids & grandkids...
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Old 11-18-2020, 03:19 PM
 
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Sauget? Just a week ago, I promised myself that, if I ran across your query again, I would mention this. I have not idea what Sauget is like. I did not even know there was such a town. I was ordering something from a company called Medline and it came from Sauget. I asked where that is and the man said "right across the river from St. Louis". And, last confession: I've not gotten out a map to check it. Nor looked it up online. Been busy at other things. Seems odd I'd never heard of it. It might be no more than a shipping area where trucks pull in to load and unload.



Maybe someone here knows more about it. If not, you are on your own. I just wanted to pass it on. I'd be interested in hearing more about it.
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Old 11-18-2020, 03:26 PM
 
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We just moved to Alton, from California 18 months ago! Alton has a cute downtown, but there's not as much going on since covid! It was bustling when we got here & hopefully will be again! Views of the Mississippi River and the beautiful bridge to St. Louis are spectacular...we went down by the river a couple of days ago, and you can get within just a couple of feet of it! Magnificent!! Don't miss California at all, except for kids & grandkids...

Just a pause to smile for personal reasons. Thanks. I needed that. hazel

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Old 11-19-2020, 10:18 AM
 
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Sauget? Just a week ago, I promised myself that, if I ran across your query again, I would mention this. I have not idea what Sauget is like. I did not even know there was such a town. I was ordering something from a company called Medline and it came from Sauget. I asked where that is and the man said "right across the river from St. Louis". And, last confession: I've not gotten out a map to check it. Nor looked it up online. Been busy at other things. Seems odd I'd never heard of it. It might be no more than a shipping area where trucks pull in to load and unload.



Maybe someone here knows more about it. If not, you are on your own. I just wanted to pass it on. I'd be interested in hearing more about it.
Sauget was incorporated by Monsanto as a company town to dodge environmental regulations, and nowadays is mostly known for poverty, strip clubs, and the Gateway Grizzlies.
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Old 11-19-2020, 10:42 AM
 
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Sauget was incorporated by Monsanto as a company town to dodge environmental regulations, and nowadays is mostly known for poverty, strip clubs, and the Gateway Grizzlies.

Oh, dear. No, don't go to Sauget. I am curious, though. What environmental regulations? And who are the Gateway Grizzlies? Sports team?


I was telling a friend in California about our black bears. Had her rather stirred up. I should be very careful, she said. Bears are mean and attack on sight. "No, dear; not our little black bears. Their problem is that they want to eat us out of house and home."


Well, back on topic. Edwardsville - or Collinsville - would be my pick. I can't recall which but one of those two has a wonderful home-style restaurant with a very unique way of collecting our money. They do not (or did not) want credit card or cash. Would accept neither. All they wanted was checks and show an ID. I see their point but checks can be bad, too. Yes? Anyway, we had a wonderful meal there on our way back from Cahokia. I'd like to live nearby and eat there daily.
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:02 PM
 
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Oh, dear. No, don't go to Sauget. I am curious, though. What environmental regulations? And who are the Gateway Grizzlies? Sports team?
It was incorporated (as "Monsanto") in 1926, I don't know what the regs were at the time. You can read a little more here:
https://old.post-gazette.com/pg/06276/727066-28.stm


Gateway Grizzlies are an independent minor league baseball team.
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:05 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Sauget was incorporated by Monsanto as a company town to dodge environmental regulations, and nowadays is mostly known for poverty, strip clubs, and the Gateway Grizzlies.
The poverty is more so in neighboring East St. Louis and Cahokia considering Sauget is a town of approximately 150 people, but yeah. Can barely call it a town to be honest.

Best known for heavy industry, strip clubs, 24 hour bars like Pops, the Grizzlies, and one of the two recreational weed dispensaries currently in the Metro East.
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:48 PM
 
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It was incorporated (as "Monsanto") in 1926, I don't know what the regs were at the time. You can read a little more here:
https://old.post-gazette.com/pg/06276/727066-28.stm


Gateway Grizzlies are an independent minor league baseball team.

Thank you. I shall check.
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