Troy is one of the oldest communities in Madison County, being entered in the U.S. Land Office in 1814 and laid out in 1819.
Its fortuitous location turned out to be in the path of America’s transportation corridors, and it began to thrive in the second half of the 19th century with the arrival of a stagecoach route that came only to be replaced by the St. Louis and Vandalia Railroad. However, Troy’s biggest growth was between 1970 and 1980, thanks to what was then the new interstate highway system. Troy is at the crossroads of two interstates, north-south Interstate 55 and east-west I-70, and has access to I-270 and U.S. routes 40 and 162.
Today, Troy’s population of about 10,000 enjoys its small-town atmosphere but is only 20 minutes away from big-city
attractions — professional sports, theaters, museums and fine restaurants. The community is 12 miles north of the main gate of Scott AFB, and the commute is a pleasant one.
Triad Community Unit School District No. 2 serves area students. The public library’s collection of more than 40,000 items and educational programs serve students and adults alike.
Tri-Township Park has a lake, walking trails, an activity center, a skate park, a disc golf course, a petting zoo, playgrounds, and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. The park hosts a variety of sports programs and annual community events.