In 1799, David Bagley, a Virginia Baptist minister passed through the Glen Carbon area and determined that it was a land of such expanse and luxuriant vegetation that he compared it to the Biblical "Land of Goshen". In 1801 Colonel Samuel Judy received a military grant for 100 acres of land on a plot just north of Judy's Creek. Judy became the first permanent settler of Madison County. The area became known as the Goshen Settlement and later Goshen Township. In 1808, the Goshen Road trail was built as a wagon road from the Goshen settlement to the Ohio salt works at Shawneetown on the Ohio River. The existing Goshen Road running from Illinois Route 159 to the intersection of Route 143 is part of the original road. A territorial government was formed and Madison County was organized in 1812 with its northern border reaching to Canada. It was renamed Glen Carbon, which means "Valley of Coal" to reflect the mining heritage. There were 7 major veins of coal in Glen Carbon. With a population of approximately 400, the townspeople voted on June 6, 1892, to incorporate Glen Carbon as a village.
Glen Carbon is located about 14 miles northeast of St. Louis. Glen Carbon is ranked among the top 100 best places to live according to Money Magazine.
Glen Carbon is praised for its wide selection of affordable housing, abundant vegetation, and its strong community spirit.
Money Magazine's researchers surveyed small towns across America, gathering data on their unemployment levels, crime rates, school systems and housing costs. Based on this research, Glen Carbon is recognized among American's best places to live! The village is home to three community parks including Miner Park, Citizen Park, Village Hall Park, 85 miles of scenic Madison County bikeways and walking trails. Students living in the city are served by the Edwardsville Community School District.
"Glen Carbon's population has grown rapidly over the past 40 years, increasing from a 1970 census population of 1,897 to 12,934 in 2010," Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt said. "This 582 percent increase between 1970 and 2010 certainly should be one of the highest in the St. Louis-metro east area."
Interstate 270 dissects the village, making travel throughout the region quick and convenient, but that's just one of Glen Carbon's attractions.
"Our location is superb. We have convenient access to the interstate system, downtown St. Louis, the Clayton Business District and Lambert International Airport," Jackstadt said. "Glen Carbon is part of the very good District 7 public school district and we also have SIUE and Lewis & Clark nearby."
Opportunities not only attract residents to the village, they keep them there.
"We have a good selection of businesses and restaurants and one can easily see why Glen Carbon is such an attractive option to so many, especially with our parks and bike trails and competitive municipal tax rate," Jackstadt said. Source:Edwardsville Intelligencer