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Bethalto IL Real Estate
Bethalto was founded in 1834, incorporated April 19, 1869, under a special charter and again in 1873 under the State of Illinois’ general law. It is governed by a Village President and six trustees elected at large.
The original name of Bethalto was Bethel. However, when the first post office was established, it was discovered that there was already a Bethel, Illinois. There is a general consensus that the name “Bethalto” came from the first four letters of Bethel and the first four letters of nearby Alton.
As a bedroom community, Bethalto is home to a cottage industry that includes Specialty Stands, the world’s leading manufacturer of custom oak slot machine stands, which is actually located in Moro, an unincorporated community north of Bethalto; RF Technologies, North America’s largest independent service center for drive-through communication systems; and West Star Aviation, an aircraft servicing and manufacturing company located at the St. Louis Regional Airport. Major governmental institutions include St. Louis Regional Airport, Bethalto Community Unit School District 8 and the Bethalto Public Library. Local restaurants include Geno’s 140 Club, The Eagle’s Nest, El Mezcal, The GrindHouse, and Roma’s Pizza.
In late October 2006, the segment of four-lane, controlled-access Illinois Route 255 (an extension of Interstate 255) between Illinois Route 143 and Fosterburg Road was opened. This highway provides Bethalto residents with convenient access to the area’s freeway system and provides greater through traffic to further economic development for the region.
Bethalto Municipal Park
The main park in Bethalto consists of a stage amphitheater, swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, skateboard park, and a newly re-modeled basketball court. The park is where the Bethalto Homecoming is held every year. During the event bands play, carnival rides may be ridden for small fees and a variety of culturally diverse food and beverage stands are set up. The park is conveniently located in the center of town, directly adjacent to the village hall.
The Bethalto Arboretum is an arboretum on the east end of town that was developed in 1966 after the demise of the railroad era in Bethalto. It is one of the few arboretums in the area. A directory of trees and bushes contained in the arboretum may be viewed in themayor and clerk’s offices. There are also many plaques, in memory of Bethalto’s notable persons, placed next to many of the trees in the park. The park is centered around a road truck (Rail Wheels) on top of a short slab of railroad track. The short piece of track remains in its original position as part of the old railroad tracks that existed to transport coal to and from the area.
Culp Lane Park
Culp Lane Park is a large park on the northwest end of town that was established in 2005. Among its many features are a lake (fishing is allowed), a children’s play area, and a new arboretum. It has become a popular site for Bethalto residents to come for exercise as well as leisure. The park is a great spot for events like sports parties or picnics. Wilbur Trimpe Middle School goes on class trips to fish there before colder seasons occur.
Bethalto Sports Complex
The Bethalto Sports Complex is located on the north side of town just off Culp Lane. The complex was completed in 2006 and is made up of two baseball fields, two softball fields, two soccer fields, a grandstand, and a concession stand. The complex, which is maintained by the Village of Bethalto, replaced the old baseball and soccer fields located at Civic Memorial High School for varsity and junior varsity baseball, softball and soccer teams. The Indians, the Bethalto Legion team, also calls the complex home.