Belleville: What's a name say about a city?

News-DemocratApril 17, 2014 

Belleville was founded as the new St. Clair County seat when George Blair donated some of his land in 1814. He chose the name, which is French for "beautiful city."

Belleville News-Democrat photographers Derik Holtmann and Tim Vizer found examples of the city's name in a variety of locations. Explore the interactive graphic below and see what the name "Belleville" can tell you about the city on its 200th anniversary.

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