View of the Past: Willard’s Station in the early 1900’s

This week’s view is of Willard’s Station (also called Willardsville or Willard) in east O’Fallon, present day Willard Drive and Betty Lane, taken about 1910 or shortly before.  Constructed with tin said to be from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the houses, some of which survive, were originally homes for the employees of William G. Willard’s Steel Range Company, just to the west, from where the photo was taken.  What looks like a railroad to the left is the electric interurban which provided streetcar service between Lebanon, O’Fallon and East St. Louis.  

Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society