Community > Alton
In its early days, Alton was a bustling river town, much larger than Chicago. Alton was built on industry - flour mills, quarries, brick making, pottery making - and relied on the Mississippi River. The "Steamboat Era" played an important role of the growth of Alton, and riverboat traffic can still be seen from the riverfront up and down the Mighty Mississippi River.
Today, Alton is truly one of America's great river towns. It is filled with historic homes, great shops and diverse industry. Abundant with historical figures and local legends, many threads of our nation's history can be discovered right here in Alton, Illinois. Take the time to explore our many historic sites, including the National Great Rivers Museum, Alton Museum of History and Art, Robert Wadlow - the World's Tallest Man and the legendary Piasa Bird. Walk with Abraham Lincoln along the Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail to see Lincoln & Douglas in heated debate, the remains of the Alton Prison wall, the towering Lovejoy Monument, Confederate Monument and much more. Make your escape with runaway slaves along the “Alton Route” of the Underground Railroad.
You can easily spend a day or two in Alton taking in all of the historic sites and enjoying the endless recreational options. If you do plan to stay the night, call ahead for reservations at one of Alton's award-winning bed & breakfast inns or hotels. Alton is a timeless river city that you will be drawn to time and again for quick getaways or extended stays.
For more information on the City of Alton, visit their community website at www.alton-il.com.
For more information on the city's downtown district, go to www.DowntownAlton.com.