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Alton, Illinois

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Robert Pershing Wadlow Statue - Tallest Man

Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22, 1918 - July 15, 1940), according to Guinness World Records, is the tallest man in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He is often known as the Alton Giant. Wadlow reached an unprecedented 8 ft 11.1 in (272 cm) in height and weighed 439 lb (199

Alton, IL One Of A Kinds

Piasa Bird

The Piasa Bird (pronounced Pie-a-saw), is a local legend in the Alton area. Its foundings go back to 1673 when Father Jacques Marquette, in recording his famous journey down the Mississippi River with Louis Joliet, described the "Piasa"

Alton, IL Archaeology

National Great Rivers Museum

This 12,000 square foot facility located on the banks of the Mississippi River is dedicated to telling the story of the river. The museum features more than 20 exhibits and displays, many of which are highly interactive and computer-animated. Known as the "Father of Waters"

Alton, IL Discovery Centers

Lovejoy Memorial

The Lovejoy State Memorial of granite and bronze commemorates abolitionist newspaper editor, Elijah P. Lovejoy, who was killed by a mob while defending his printing press at Alton on November 7, 1837. Lovejoy'

Alton, IL Memorials

Lincoln-Douglas Square

Lincoln-Douglas Square is the site of the 7

Alton, IL Historic Sites

Things to do near Alton, IL

Fulkerson Mansion and Farm Museum

Col. Wm. H. Fulkerson's mansion and farm museum features Reeves steam engines and steam plows. Open for group tours only of t...

Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel

Built in 1851 by Monticello Seminary and the Congregational Church. School activities and community functions were held here....

Gateway National Golf Links

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Woodlands Golf Club, The

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Peterstown House

In Waterloo, remnants of the country's early history are preserved at this house, the only stagecoach stop still in tack alon...