Granite City (Illinois)
Granite City is a town in the Saint Louis Metro East area of Illinois.
Granite City is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States, part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. At the 2010 census, the population was 29,849, with a total of about 67,000 in the immediate area. Officially founded in 1896, Granite City was named by the Niedringhaus brothers who established it as a steel making company town for the manufacture of kitchen utensils made to resemble granite.
The Lincoln Place neighborhood is a historic district near downtown Granite City. Lincoln Place was a magnet for immigrants from Eastern Europe, Asia Minor, and Mexico. It has numerous historic churches and a community center built by Commonwealth Steel to educate the children of immigrants. Today, the neighborhood's ethnic history is preserved by the Lincoln Place Heritage Association .
The Tri-City Speedway is a dirt track boasting a newly-renovated 3/8 mile dirt oval with 10 degrees of banking in the corners. NASCAR legends such as Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart have raced here. The Gateway International Raceway, just south of the city, hosts NASCAR, Busch Series, and Craftsmen Truck Series races.
There is a 3 screen movie theater located in downtown