Welcome to the American Bottom Landing Site. This collection
of narrative historical interpretations and archives features East
St. Louis' primary role as a transportation center for America's
westward growth. Here you will find details of the city's foundation
and development through the nineteenth century.
The city of East St. Louis and surrounding
Read the historical narratives to learn the basics about East St.
Louis and its role in transportation or study our collection of
images and documents from the past. Much of this material is
otherwise available only by traveling to the American Bottom.
Literature, diaries, newspaper accounts, private and public records,
maps, and pictures represent some of the many different formats in