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Welcome to Trenton

Southern Illinois' Best Kept Secret

Trenton is a rural-residential community located about 15 miles Northeast of Scott Air Force Base on U.S. Highway 50, five miles North of Interstate 64, eight miles south of Interstate 70, and only 35 minutes from downtown St. Louis. The community offers a rural living environment with all of the advantages of metropolitan life. You can relax in a country setting without the hustle and bustle of the city and yet within minutes enjoy the many advantages of the city, at your fingertips.

For a little flair of Trenton's origins, click Early History.


There is a wide variety of housing available- - from new modern homes to those of historical significance. New residential areas offer the latest in construction and style while those interested in tradition can select an older home with plenty of character. Multi-family dwellings are available in new modern apartments or units converted from single family dwellings.


The consolidated Wesclin school district serves the community through two elementary schools in Trenton and a junior-senior high school complex about three miles south of town on Highway 160. Bus service is provided. The school district has ranked well above state and national averages on standardized tests over the past several years, and offers an excellent curriculum. A Catholic high school is located within a ten-minute drive. For continuing education, there are two community colleges within 20 miles and three four-year colleges with graduate programs within about 25 miles. Closest to Trenton, and of historical interest is McKendree College, located seven miles to the west. This college is the oldest liberal arts school in Illinois.

Churches and Civic Groups

Trenton is a religiously diverse community, with five Protestant churches and one Catholic church in town. Residents can choose from a number of civic groups from Scouts to Veteran's organizations. All of these organizations actively support the community.

First United Methodist Church
220 N. Main 224-7364

Grace Community Baptist Church
1 West 4th Street 224-7555

New Life Christian Center
555 N. Monroe 224-9901

St. John United Church of Christ
21 North Walnut 224-9828

St. Mary Catholic Church
215 West Kentucky 224-9335

West Gate Baptist Church
843 West Broadway 224-7581


Trenton boasts a beautiful community park with a swimming pool, covered pavilions, lighted baseball diamonds, playground equipment, lighted tennis courts, soccer fields and basketball courts. Golfing enthusiasts will be pleased to note eight public golf courses within thirty minutes of town. Nearby Carlyle Lake offers 26,000 acres of water with excellent boating, fishing, hunting, swimming, camping and picnic facilities.

Medical Facilities

Two Dentists offices, a general practitioner, and a chiropractor all are located in Trenton. Two hospitals are within ten minutes driving time, and St. Louis and its excellent medical care facilities are only a short drive away.

Public Services

Trenton offers a public library, full-time police protection, complete fire protection, disaster emergency services and other traditional city services. Trenton is linked to the 911 emergency service, dispatched through Clinton County Sheriff's Office located in the county seat of Carlyle.

Ambulance Service
(non-emergency) 224-9221

City Clerk 224-7323

Fire Department
(non-emergency) 224-9009

(non-emergency) 224-9226

Emergency Management Services 224-7575

Trenton Public Library 224-7662
118 East Indiana Street


A variety of businesses and restaurants in Trenton are available to serve your needs. Nearby communities offer a wide range of shopping, dining, entertainment, and employment opportunities. "Mall" shopping is easily accessible, as St. Clair Square is less than a 30-minute drive away.

Prepared and distributed by:
Trenton Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 37 Trenton, Illinois 62293