Granite City, Illinois
Granite City is one of the few places in the US where the steel industry is still alive. Several steel related plants are still operating in Granite City. The largest is the sprawling Granite City Steel works owned by US Steel. Granite City was founded in 1896 as a company town around a factory that made enameled iron cookware. The original NESCO (cookware) plant that the city was built around was closed in the 1950s and burned to the ground in 2003. Most of the buildings in central Granite City were constructed in the early to mid 1900s. The downtown area which is close to the steel works has been largely abandoned in favor of strip developments on the Northern edge of town. The Granite City steel works can be seen from nearby Cahokia Mounds. East St. Louis, National City and Alton are interesting nearby towns. Saint Louis is across the Mississippi river from Granite City.