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Belleville, Illinois

The city of Belleville, Illinois is located on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, adjacent to St. Louis, Missouri. As of the 2000 census, Belleville has a population of about 41,000 in a 19 square mile area. Largely settled by well-educated German immigrants in the 19th century, Belleville has a rich heritage of manufacturing, coal-mining, and scholarship. The Belleville National Register Historic District lists more than 700 properties in an array of Victorian architectural styles. The Belleville Public Library, established in 1836, is the oldest in the state. Belleville today offers a mix of residential and business areas, with urban St. Louis and rural recreation areas within easy reach.

Belleville was founded in 1814 by George Blair, and first incorporated in 1819. Blair is thought to have given the town a French name to encourage immigrants to settle there. However, much of Belleville was populated by Germans leaving their country following a failed revolution in 1848. Following the Civil War, manufacturing in Belleville grew. The new German residents brought with them the craft of beer brewing, which quickly became a prominent industry. The Carling Brewery, once the largest in Illinois, had its origins in the tiny Neu and Glintz Brewery, established in 1851. It was also the last large brewery in the state, ending a century-long tradition when it closed down in 1988. Many other goods were produced as well, including stoves, bricks, carriages and printing presses. Coal was discovered, and by 1874, one hundred mine shafts were in operation, producing tons of coal daily. Some Belleville businesses have stood the test of time: Herman Goelitz, Inc., well known maker of "Jelly Belly" candies, has its roots in a family-run confectionary founded in 1868, and Belleville Shoe, founded in 1904, is the country's largest manufacturer of military footwear.

Asbestos exposure has long been a concern for Belleville, a result of its history of industry and construction. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for mesothelioma, a terminal cancer affecting the lungs. If you were diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, you should also consider contacting a mesothelioma attorney for legal advice.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Belleville

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Belleville where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Belleville Area College
  • Belleville East High School
  • Building Products
  • Carling Brewery
  • Excelsior Foundry
  • Illinois American Water
  • Illinois Power
  • J. C. Penny Building
  • Kenneth Wild Concrete Company
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace School
  • Rust Company, Inc.
  • Saint Clair County Courthouse
  • Saint Elizabeth Hospital
  • Scott Air Force Base
  • St Clair County Gas and Electric Company
  • St. Theresa's Church
  • Wonder Bread

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Belleville, Illinois

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Belleville, Illinois. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


Saint Louis University Hospital West Pavilion
3655 Vista Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Distance: 18.0 miles


The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center
4921 Parkview Place
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Distance: 18.0 miles


Walker Medical Building
12855 North Forty Drive, Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO 63141

Distance: 27.8 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Belleville, Illinois

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Belleville, Illinois. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Traves D. Crabtree
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Queeny Tower, 3108
One Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza

St. Louis, MO 63110

Distance: 18.0 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Belleville, Illinois

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Illinois, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Asbestos Related News in Illinois

Asbestos Abatement Starts at Pillsbury Mills Plant

Cleanup crews have begun asbestos abatement work at the abandoned Pillsbury Mills Plant in Springfield, Illinois.

Pillsbury Mills Plant Partner Faces Indictment For Improper Asbestos Removal

A partner who helped with the demolition of the former Pillsbury Mills plant is facing federal indictment for improper asbestos removal.

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