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Alton, Illinois

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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

Lincoln-Douglas Square

Lincoln-Douglas Square is the site of the 7

Alton, IL Historic Sites

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

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

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

Things to do near Alton, IL

Madison County Historical Society Museum & Archives

The 1836 Weir House is filled with an amazing display of artifacts representing local and county history with the recent addi...

Argosy Casino

Featuring 1000 slot machines, plus blackjack, roulette, craps, Caribbean stud poker and three card poker.Twenty-five minutes ...

Fort De Chartres State Historic Site

Reconstruction of the mid-1700s stone fort that was the base of French control of the Mississippi River Valley. It was surren...

Rivers Edge Golf Course

Course Access: MilitaryHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...