"Scenic and Historic River Town" Alton by yooperprof

Alton Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 46 photos

Life on the Mississippi

Alton is a city of about 30,000 people just to the north of St. Louis. Although once an industrial and transportation center, the town seems to be trying to re-invent itself as a travel and tourism destitation. Riverboat gambling and antique stores now help to define Alton. Since it isn't on an interstate highway, much of the modern world seems to have bypassed this place. Perhaps some people would call it "nasty," but others (including yooperprof) think of it as charming.

In the background of the photo is the new US 67 bridge over the Mississippi.

Confederate Cemetery in Alton

Erected by the United States
To mark the Burial Place of 1354 Confederate Soldiers who died here and at the Smallpox hospital on the adjacent island while prisoners of war and whose graves can not now be identified

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  • Cons:they need to put up more signs to the Confederate Cemetary
  • Last visit to Alton: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 21, 2004
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  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Thanks for this page. Well over a dozen branches of my family resided in Alton from 1870 to 1950 and many worked at the Illinois Glass Company here.

  • Jul 25, 2004 at 2:29 PM

    Isn't a life sized statue of the world's tallest man located in Alton?

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2004 at 9:46 PM

    Bravo! Great stuff, Chet...architecture, museums, cemeteries, desserts...you know what's important. Had I been with you at the Just Desserts, since I love olives, I would have eaten your sandwich & you could have ordered something else.

  • Jul 15, 2004 at 2:11 PM

    Alton is really close to Elsah where I studied. And I have stranded in Springfield and other small places in the middle of nowhere in Illinois for some historic preservation research.


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