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Alton, Illinois (History)

Pictures of Alton, Illinois through the years that I have collected.

Alton, Illinois (History)

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The #chocolate #buffet at The Beall Mansion features more than 20 different kinds of chocolates (plus jelly beans), from classic childhood favorites to fine #gourmet chocolates. #bedandbreakfast #luxury #travel #Midwest #Alton #Illinois

Beall Mansion Guest Rooms

3rd Street, Alton IL, 1932

Robert Pershing Wadlow, the Tallest Man in the World

At 18 years old, Robert Wadlow gets his photo taken. Photo courtesy of Steve Cox

Miles Davis, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, was born in Alton IL in 1926

Artist of the Month (4) “Miles Davis” - Judge of Music

Elijah Lovejoy, Abolitionist who advocate the abolition of slavery. Despite the bitter feeling against him, Lovejoy persisted in arguing the fights of freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom from slavery. After seeing a slave, Francis J. McIntosh, burned at the stake, his editorials became so strident against slavery that he became an object of hatred by both Southerners and slave-holders. His press was wrecked by a mob in July, 1836, and he moved to Alton in the free State of IL.

Biography of Lovejoy, Elijah Parish

First Unitarian Church of Alton, Illinois circa 1836 via Andover-Harvard Theological Library

The final debate of Stephan A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln took place in front of Alton's city hall at the corner of Broadway and Market Streets. The senatorial debate drew national attention along with more that 6,000 visitors. Life-like statues of the two statesmen keep the famous series of debates in 1858 frozen forever in time.

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Bridge during 1903 flood. The sign on the bridge reads: "Speed Limit Not Faster Than A Walk". A member of the Baker family is in the photo | Photo courtesy of Crystal Jensen

Third Street, Alton, IL

Alton, Illinois City Information

Vintage Alton IL map

Electronics, Cars, Fashion, Collectibles, Coupons and More | eBay

Bostwick House, a copy of a woodcut for a newspaper

Bostwick House in East Alton, Illinois

Western Military Academy, Upper Alton IL, 1915

3rd Street, Alton IL, 1932

1910 - Alton - Illinois - These boys are all working in the Illinois Glass Company

Working Boys: 1910

Side view of Alton High School, 1946 | Photo by Emmett Porter

Alton's historic Civil War era military prison wall

"Alton Confidenital"

Lincoln Presenters by VisitAlton, via Flickr

Statue of Alton's Robert Pershing Wadlow, the Tallest Man in the World. Instagram photo by @jvaragona (Jim Varagona) | Statigram

Instagram photo by @jvaragona (Jim) - via Iconosquare

Elijah Lovejoy Day

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Bridge demolition

Bridge demolition

Clark Bridge 1994 Video |

Clark Bridge 1994

The Wood River Massacre Video |

The Wood River Massacre

History of the Main Street United Methodist Church, Alton, IL

Eugene Price. Chauffeur for the Levis family of Alton, IL. He organized a "colored" company of 60 men, who later fought in WWI.

Madison County ILGenWeb - World War I - African/American Contributions and Stories