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Visitors Guide

Request our 2015 Official Alton Visitors Guide and start planning your trip today!

2015 Official Alton Visitors Guide
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Places - Calhoun County

calhoun county

Sitting just north of Grafton, a quick ride across the free Brussels Ferry takes you into Calhoun County and the rural villages of Batchtown, Brussels, Hardin, Hamburg and Kampsville. During the month of July, get your taste buds ready for the ever-popular Calhoun County peaches. Visitors come back to the orchards and roadside stands of Calhoun County year after year to pick up a peck of the peaches for which the county has become famous.

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Places - Elsah & Grafton

elsah & grafton

Often referred to as the "village where time stood still," get ready to turn back the clock and take a leisurely stroll through the Village of Elsah.

At the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, experience life in a real river town - Grafton, Illinois. The early settlers of Grafton saw the potential of this plat of land at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

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Places - Godfrey

godfrey

In 1817, the first settlers arrived in present-day Godfrey. A small settlement in Godfrey known as Rocky Fork, may be the oldest and largest Underground Railroad site in the state of Illinois. There are many stories, oral traditions and evidence that the Underground Railroad was active along the Mississippi River and throughout the region.

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Places - Alton

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.

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Places - Bethalto

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The Village of Bethalto was founded in 1834 before becoming incorporated in 1869. According to the village website,three words sum up the early history of Bethalto: grain, coal and trains. The first settlers in the area arrived in the early 19th century and found a land blessed with rich soil and various outcroppings of coal. The construction of the Alton-Terre Haute Railroad in the mid 1850s ensured Bethalto s destiny as a farming and mining center.

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Places - East Alton & Wood River

east alton & wood river

Like many of the byway communities, Wood River has a rich history ranging from the roots of the Lewis & Clark expedition at the Wood River to the development of one of the largest concentrations of Sears homes in the country. Once known as the fastest growing city in the U.S., the growth of Wood River began in the 1920s as Standard Oil employed almost 90% of the towns population.

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Places - Hartford

hartford

Hartford sits at the southernmost part of the byway and is often a starting point for many byway travelers. More than 200 years ago, Lewis & Clark made the village of Hartford their winter home as they established their first camp, Camp River Dubois. It was here that the men prepared for their westward journey. At the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, it was here that the Corps of Discovery departed on May 14, 1804.

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Places - Roxana

roxana & south roxana

Roxana was founded in 1921 as Shell Oil Company began to grow its production of its Wood River Refinery in the area. Harry Gallatin, a member of the St. Louis Hawks and New York Knicks was born in Roxana. South Roxana was founded in 1967.

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Places - Jerseyville

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Branching inland to the northeast from Grafton is a short drive up to Jerseyville. Named for the many early settlers who migrated here from New Jersey, Jerseyville is the county seat for Jersey County. Dating back to 1834, a leisurely walk along the historic Courthouse Square offers many unique Gothic & Victorian style buildings and residences.

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