Greater Metropolis Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcomes You!
One Small Town – Many BIG Adventures!
Metropolis, Illinois, located at Exit 37 on Interstate 24 at the southernmost tip of Illinois, has so much to offer to so many!
Metropolis is the official Home of Superman and proudly honors its favorite son with a 15-foot bronze statue of America’s Super Hero right in the middle of Superman Square. A statue of actress Noel Neil, posed as Lois Lane, stands just two blocks down the street from Superman Square.
Metropolis is also home to Fort Massac State Park, the first state park in Illinois. At Fort Massac, you will not only enjoy the breath taking views of the Ohio River, but you may take a walk back in time by visiting the 1802 replica of the Fort that once served to protect French, British and American troops.
For those who enjoy the excitement of gaming, Metropolis is also home to Harrah’s Metropolis Casino & Hotel. Harrah’s Casino is ready to entertain you with table games, slots, restaurants and an entertainment center that host many big name entertainers throughout the year. But wait…..there’s even more! Browse our site to learn all about Metropolis!
A BRIEF HISTORY
Founded in 1839, William McBane and James Wilcox named their town Metropolis. And why shouldn’t they? Located near many rivers, and situated on the Ohio, the founders felt their fledgling community was destined to become a bustling city. In the early years it was indeed a thriving town, thanks to riverfront industries ranging from ship and lumber yards to button and stove factories.
As river traffic gave way to rail and road, the city did not grow as envisioned, but Metropolis remained a great place to live. Many charming, historical homes, and iron-front commercial buildings still stand today as witnesses to history.
Modern culture, too, has roots in Metropolis. A native son of Metropolis, born in 1883, Oscar Micheaux became one of the most influential figures in African American silent cinema in the early 20th century.
In 1972 Superman adopted Metropolis as his hometown, bringing new fame to the city.
With a proud past and an eye towards the future, Metropolis welcomes the world every day. Come join us!
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