Mascoutah, a community of approximately 8,000 residents, is 4 miles southeast of Scott AFB. North-south state Route 4 passes through Mascoutah and links the city to Interstate 64 to the north and state Route 177 to the south. The community is served by MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, Mascoutah’s public use airport, which is on the grounds of Scott AFB. The airport provides limited service to Las Vegas, Arizona, Florida and South Carolina. Travelers can also use nearby St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
The first settlers named their town “Mascoutah” after the Mascouten Indians after being informed by the postal service that another Illinois town had beaten them to “Mechanicsburg,” their first choice.
The city actively seeks new businesses that create jobs while creating a strong, balanced economy with retail, logistics, advanced and aerospace manufacturing, and export-based industries. The city’s chamber of commerce is a hands-on group working to improve the community, in addition to more traditional chamber activities. For years it operated the bowling alley and used the profits to build a municipal swimming pool, buy and pave downtown parking lots, help bring doctors to the community, beautify downtown and even maintain the Santa hut; its involvements continue.
Mascoutah Community Unit School District No. 19’s mixture of rural, suburban and military communities provides a rich and diverse educational experience. The public library provides learning resources for area students and adults.
The community has three parks and a civic center. The largest park, Scheve Park, has a swimming pool, a dog park, a skate park, a playground, sports fields, horseshoe pits, a walking trail, disc golf, and a restored railroad caboose and dining car. The Leu Civic Center, a United Way agency, hosts a variety of recreational, cultural, social and civic programs. Annual events in Mascoutah include the annual Homecoming Und Augustfest, one of the largest summer community events in southern Illinois. The three-day celebration in Scheve Park features a carnival, 4-H events, a parade, a tractor pull and lots of food.
For more information, visit the City of Mascoutah website, www.mascoutah.org, or call 618-566-2964. Chamber of Commerce information can be accessed at www.mascoutahchamber.com or by calling 618-566-7355.