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Methodist Episcopal Church, East Saint Louis, IL

February 8, 2016

In the once flourishing community of East Saint Louis, Illinois, within sight of its more famous sister city across the Mississippi River, there were numerous places of worship. Ranked by the FBI as one of America’s 100 most dangerous cities, I don’t recommend a visit any time soon. But if you did, there would be few of its church buildings remaining. U.S. Census figures tell a disappointing tale, with fewer people now than in 1900:

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 5,044
1880 9,185 82.1%
1890 15,169 65.1%
1900 29,734 96.0%
1910 58,540 96.9%
1920 66,785 14.1%
1930 74,397 11.4%
1940 75,603 1.6%
1950 82,366 8.9%
1960 81,728 −0.8%
1970 70,029 −14.3%
1980 55,239 −21.1%
1990 40,921 −25.9%
2000 31,542 −22.9%
2010 27,006 −14.4%

So when I found this handsome Methodist Episcopal church, it came as no surprise that the location is now a vacant lot. The configuration is most likely a D-1.

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