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Underground Railroad exhibit, Alton Museum of History & Art



Alton Museum of History and Art
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1971 and located in Loomis Hall, built in 1832 and still standing as the oldest building in the state of Illinois continuously dedicated to education; displays and extensive exhibits encompass photographs, clothing, shoes, archival documents, artifacts and other items relative to the history of African American Black pioneers, Lewis & Clark, The Lincoln & Shields Duel, Alton Confederate Prison and other historical events and information; the Wadlow Room is dedicated to the story of Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest recorded man
ADDRESS: 2809 College Avenue  MAP
PHONE:  618-462-2763

Robert Wadlow Statue
DESCRIPTION: Located across the street from The Alton Museum of History and Art, Robert Wadlow was Alton’s “Gentle Giant” at 8 feet, 11 inches and 490 pounds by the time of his death at the age of 22. His real claim to fame was his friendly, soft-spoken, down-to-earth manner and work as a goodwill ambassador for International Shoe Company, the company that made his size 37 shoes. Next to the statue is a life-sized bronze state and bronze replica of the massive chair he sat in
ADDRESS: 2800 block of College Avenue 
National Great Rivers Museum
DESCRIPTION: An interactive museum that presents the history of the Mississippi from prior to the arrival of settlers and towns until today. What Makes a Great River, Communities: Habitats of the Mississippi, Stairway for Boats, Surf the Watershed and an aquarium are among the numerous exhibits here
ADDRESS: 2 Lock and Dam Way  MAP
PHONE: 877-462-6979

Alton City Cemetery
DESCRIPTION: An impressive monument to famous abolitionist Elijah P. Lovejoy towers over the city here in full view of the Mississippi River where he, like so many slaves, escaped to freedom. Dedicated in 1897 on the 60th anniversary of his death, the monument is the tallest in Illinois with a spectacular 93-foot high granite column.
ADDRESS: 100A East Broadway  MAP
PHONE: 618-462-1617

College Avenue Presbyterian Church
DESCRIPTION: Formerly Upper Alton Presbyterian Church, this is where famous abolitionist Elijah P. Lovejoy served as its first pastor.
ADDRESS: 1702 Clawson Street  MAP
PHONE: 618-465-8861

Enos Apartments
DESCRIPTION: Now privately owned, they are named after Dr. Enos who once had a sanatorium here. In the basement of the building are a series of now closed off Underground Railroad tunnels, which led not only into the building but also to other areas of town. In the open gathering room here, abolitionists met, fed, clothed and provided travel instructions for the slaves once they made it across the river
ADDRESS: 325 East 3rd Street  MAP

Hamilton School
DESCRIPTION: An integrated school founded by Dr. Silas Hamilton and named after a white man who adopted a black boy, naming him George Washington. Washington would later provide an endowment to build a monument to his father, and that monument is believed to be the first one in the country built as a tribute to a white person by a black person
ADDRESS: 107 East Main Street  MAP
PHONE: 618-447-4935

Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
DESCRIPTION: Where these famous pioneers established Camp River Dubois, their first camp and the official departure point for the Corps of Discovery in 1804; exhibits detail river trading, early settlements, and early Native American, French, British, Spanish and American history in the area; a replica of the winter Camp Dubois setting provides insight into the living conditions, military regulations and other aspects that took place back in the day; Missouri Rivers, this was the official departure point for the Corps of Discovery in 1804
ADDRESS: One Lewis & Clark Trail  MAP
PHONE: 618-251-5811

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
DESCRIPTION: Offers visitors 50, 100 and 150 foot vistas above the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the spot where explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their history journey westward to find a route to the Pacific Ocean
ADDRESS: 435 Confluence Tower Drive  MAP
PHONE: 618-251-9101

Lyman Trumbull House
DESCRIPTION: Built in the early 1800s and now listed on the National Historic Landmark, the home is named after Senator Lyman Trumbull who resided here from 1849 to 1863 (it is now a private home). Trumball chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee and authored or pushed through numerous pieces of legislation relative to race relations in the U.S., including the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 in which Congress legalized the abolition of slavery
ADDRESS: 1105 Henry Street  MAP

New Bethel AME Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1863, it is regarded by some as the oldest and largest Underground Railroad site in the state of Illinois. Founded by freed slaves, the church has survived racially motivated destruction by fire twice and still stands today as an active pillar in the Rock Fork community. Listed as a National Historic Site, it may become part of a proposed project to create Underground Railroad historic interpretive sites and centers
ADDRESS: 2400 Rocky Fork Road  MAP


Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail
DESCRIPTION: The trail encompasses numerous Lincoln and Civil War historic sites and attractions including the National Cemetery & Franklin House, Alton Prison, the Lovejoy Monument, Confederate Monument, Trumbull House, Ryder Building, Lincoln-Shields Duel, Smallpox Island and Lincoln-Douglas Square, located at the center of downtown with impressive bronze statues of Lincoln and Senator Stephen Douglas. In 1858, the two held their final and most important senatorial debate here
PHONE: 618-465-6676 800-258-8664

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