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Alton Illinois

Alton Illinois

The City of Alton Illinois is located in Madison County Illinois along the Mississippi River. The population of Alton in 2010 was 27,865. The city was founded in 1837 and is rich in history. Three areas of Alton have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Christian Hill, with homes built in the 1830's; Middletown, the largest of the three with homes built from the 1830's to 1890's; and Upper Alton, the smallest district having been established as a separate village in 1821 but annexed by the City of Alton in 1911.

Alton was an important city in the Abolitionist movement. The Underground Railroad was in operation for many years before and during the Civil War. Alton's Mississippi riverfront location in "free" Illinois, made it ideal for helping slaves escape to freedom from the slave state of Missouri and others in the south. Abolitionists and free blacks were "conductors" that helped slaves get from one "station" to the next. Although the Undergound Railroad's activities were secret in nature and are now hard to document, several sites in Alton and the surrounding area have connections to the Underground Railroad and can still be seen today. The Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument is located in the Alton Cemetery and honors Elijah Lovejoy, an abolistionist and martyr for the causes of freedom of speech and freedom from slavery. The Old Rock House in Alton was a station on the Underground Railroad and also was where the Anti-Slavery Society was founded by Elijah Lovejoy. The Lewis and Clark Community College Campus, just north of Alton in Godfrey Illinois is said to have tunnels existing under the campus buildings that were used by conductors to aid slaves in gaining their freedom. The Alton Museum of History and Art has an exhibit featuring the Underground Railroad and displays a "message quilt" and another exhibit that features Elijah Lovejoy's printshop. Lyman Trumbull, a US Senator and friend to Abraham Lincoln, wrote the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery in America. His home can still be seen in Alton near the College Avenue Presbyterian Church where Lovejoy was the minister.

Alton has many other historic sites. There are ruins of what is left of a prison that was used to hold Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. The soldiers who died while imprisoned there were then buried in the Confederate Cemetery located in Alton. The Lincoln Douglas Square commemorates an historic event that occurred in Alton. The square is located where the debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place during their political race for the same US Sentate seat. Another interesting site is the depiction of the legendary Piasa Bird that can be found on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in Piasa Park. An unique resident of Alton was Robert Wadlow who was the tallest man in the world at 8 feet, 11 inches and still growing when he died at the age of 25. The Alton Museum of History and Art has an exhibit featuring Robert Wadlow. His life-sized statue is located across the street from the museum. Standing next to the statue really gives visitors a feel of what Mr. Wadlow's friends must have felt like!

Alton Illinois is also home to many recreation and entertainment sites. The Argosy's Alton Belle Casino is located along the Mississippi Riverfront. The Alton Marina is there, as well, and open year round which gives access to the many boating opportunities the Mississippi River provides. Gordon Moore Park features athletic fields and picnic grounds and the beautiful Nan Elliot Rose Garden and Oriental Garden. The Spencer T. Olin Golf Course, an 18 hole public golf course, can also be found in the Park.

Alton Illinois Address and Phone Numbers

Alton Illinois City Hall
101 E. 3rd Street
Alton, IL 62002
618-463-3500

Police (non-emergency): 618-463-3505
Fire (non-emergency): 618-463-3565
Chamber of Commerce: 618-467-2280
City Information: 618-463-3522

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Alton Illinios City Hall
Alton Illinios City Hall
The grain elevator in Alton Illinois
The grain elevator in Alton Illinois
Welcome to Alton Illinois!
Welcome to Alton Illinois!
Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater in Riverfront Park
Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater in Riverfront Park
Welcome to Historic Alton Illinois!
Welcome to Historic Alton Illinois!
Streetview of Historic Alton Illiniois
Streetview of Historic Alton Illiniois
Historic Building in Historic Alton Illinois
Historic Building in Historic Alton Illinois
The city monument for Alton Illinois
The city monument for Alton Illinois
Fast Eddies Bon Air
Fast Eddies Bon Air
Gordon Moore Park
Gordon Moore Park
Gordon Moore Park
Gordon Moore Park
Alton Illinois Marina
Alton Illinois Marina
Alton Illinois Marina
Alton Illinois Marina
The Alton Museum of History and Art
The Alton Museum of History and Art
Barge on the Mississippi River at Alton Illinois
Barge on the Mississippi River at Alton Illinois
Historic Alton Illinois Streetview
Historic Alton Illinois Streetview
Historic Alton Illinois Streetview
Historic Alton Illinois Streetview
Historic Alton Illinois Streetview
Historic Alton Illinois Streetview
Alton Illinois Visitor Center
Alton Illinois Visitor Center
Melvin Price Locks and Dam
Melvin Price Locks and Dam
Marquette Catholic High School
Marquette Catholic High School
Alton Memorial Hospital
Alton Memorial Hospital
Robert Wadlow Municipal Golf Course
Robert Wadlow Municipal Golf Course
Robert Wadlow Municipal Golf Course
Robert Wadlow Municipal Golf Course
Alton Museum of History and Art
Alton Museum of History and Art
Alton Square Shopping Mall
Alton Square Shopping Mall
Alton Square Shopping Mall
Alton Square Shopping Mall
Amtrak Station Alton Illinois
Amtrak Station Alton Illinois
Argosy Casino Alton
Argosy Casino Alton
Biomedical Library
Biomedical Library
Clark Bridge
Clark Bridge
Cloverleaf Golf Course
Cloverleaf Golf Course
Cloverleaf Golf Course Clubhouse
Cloverleaf Golf Course Clubhouse
Confederate Monument in the Confederate Cemetery, Alton Illinois
Confederate Monument in the Confederate Cemetery, Alton Illinois
The Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument in Alton Illinois
The Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument in Alton Illinois
Jacoby Arts Center in Alton Illinois
Jacoby Arts Center in Alton Illinois
Jacoby Arts Center
Jacoby Arts Center
Lincoln Douglas Square
Lincoln Douglas Square
Plaque commemorating the Lincoln Douglas debate in 1858
Plaque commemorating the Lincoln Douglas debate in 1858
Piasa Park
Piasa Park
The Piasa Bird
The Piasa Bird
Piasa Park
Piasa Park
A life-sized statue of Robert Wadlow-the Alton Giant
A life-sized statue of Robert Wadlow-the Alton Giant
Spencer T. Olin Golf Course
Spencer T. Olin Golf Course
Saint Anthony
Saint Anthony's Health Center
St Clare
St Clare's Hospital
St Clare
St Clare's Hospital
The Woodlands Golf Club
The Woodlands Golf Club
Argosy Casino Alton
Argosy Casino Alton
Exhibits in the National Great Rivers Museum
Exhibits in the National Great Rivers Museum
Alton Memorial Hospital
Alton Memorial Hospital
Ruins of the Alton Military Prison, built 1830
Ruins of the Alton Military Prison, built 1830
Ruins of the Military Prison used for Confederate Soldiers
Ruins of the Military Prison used for Confederate Soldiers
Ruins of the Alton Military Prison which housed Confederate Soldiers
Ruins of the Alton Military Prison which housed Confederate Soldiers
Historic Beall Mansion House
Historic Beall Mansion House
New Alton High School
New Alton High School
Clark Bridge
Clark Bridge
Alton National Cemetery rostrum built by the WPA in 1938
Alton National Cemetery rostrum built by the WPA in 1938
Alton National Cemetery, Union Soldiers graves
Alton National Cemetery, Union Soldiers graves
A home of Alton Illinois
A home of Alton Illinois
A home in Alton Illinios
A home in Alton Illinios
One of the many magnificent church buildings in Alton
One of the many magnificent church buildings in Alton
Winter in Alton
Winter in Alton
An Alton beauty in winter!
An Alton beauty in winter!
A view of the Mississippi River from the Alton bluffs
A view of the Mississippi River from the Alton bluffs
Alton Motorboat Club
Alton Motorboat Club
Alton Motorboat Club
Alton Motorboat Club
College Avenue Presbyterian Church-Lovejoy
College Avenue Presbyterian Church-Lovejoy's church
Dr William Haskell House
Dr William Haskell House
About the Haskell Playhouse
About the Haskell Playhouse
The Haskell Playhouse, National Register, built 1885
The Haskell Playhouse, National Register, built 1885
Living Stones Church in Alton
Living Stones Church in Alton
Lyman Trumbull House
Lyman Trumbull House
Lyman Trumbull Home, US Senator, wrote 13th Amendment to US Constitution
Lyman Trumbull Home, US Senator, wrote 13th Amendment to US Constitution
"Old Rock House"- Anti-Slavery Society was founded here
"Old Rock House"- Anti-Slavery Society was founded here
St Mary
St Mary's Church
The Whole Truth Church of Christ
The Whole Truth Church of Christ
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