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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

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

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

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

Lincoln-Douglas Square

Lincoln-Douglas Square is the site of the 7

Alton, IL Historic Sites

Things to do near Alton, IL

Pere Marquette Historic Site

When Europeans began to explore the Illinois country, most of the Native Americans they met were members of the Illini tribe....

Waterloo Winery

This 170 yr old dwelling, once the home of three prominent families in the area, honors them with titles to the unique cellar...

Schorr Lake Vineyard and Winery

Officially began in 1994, The winery now grows a total of 15 varieties of grapes and it also grows blackberries and strawberr...

Historic Courthouse Square

See the historic Jerseyville courthouse, jail, library, post office, Baptist church, gazebo, memorial of those who died in wa...

Mermaid House

A retired sea captain built the Mermaid House as a hotel in 1830 on the St. Louis-Vincennes Trail, now known as Rte. 50. A fa...