Place:Belle Rive, Jefferson, Illinois, United States


NameBelle Rive
Coordinates38.232°N 88.74°W
Located inJefferson, Illinois, United States
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Belle Rive is a village in Jefferson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 371 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Mount Vernon Micropolitan Statistical Area.


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In 1852, Edmund P. Grant bought about of Federal land grants around what was to become Belle Rive. Grant was a wealthy land speculator from Montgomery County, Tennessee. At that time there was a corporation in Mt. Vernon that was attempting to build a rail line from St. Louis, Missouri to Evansville, Indiana. It seems likely that Grant was buying land in anticipation of the construction of the railroad, intending to build a town. This early attempt at building a railroad failed during a recession in the mid-1850s. Grant died in 1863, after being chased from Mt. Vernon by a mob objecting to his Confederate politics.

Belle Rive was founded in 1871, coinciding with the opening of the St. Louis & Southeastern Railroad.

Belle Rive got its name from Louis St. Ange de Bellerive, who surrendered Illinois to the British in 1765. It is not clear if he was ever associated with the area near the village. See List of commandants of the Illinois Country.

Joseph Wall was one of the early settlers of Belle Rive. The Wall farm was to the southeast of the town. Joseph Wall was married to Edmund P. Grant's niece.

Belle Rive is home to the regionally-renowned Wilkey's Cafe. Serving a homestyle buffet, Wilkey's is a popular lunch spot for local farmers.

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