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Harrison's Gifts in downtown Grafton

Why Alton is the Birthplace of Cool

On the River Banks The flowing waters of the Mighty Mississippi River have washed over artists throughout history as a muse binding music genres together. In 1914, the most popular blues song in history, “St. Louis Blues,” was written by W.C. Handy while sitting on the banks of the Mississippi…

Why Alton is America's Most Haunted Small Town

It was a dark and stormy night ... well, maybe not so stormy but definitely dark ... as a group of fellow ghost hunting travelers walked through the Mississippi River town of Alton, IL seeking spirits, specters and spooks. That isn't an unusual sight in downtown Alton. The city is considered "One of…

Robert Wadlow - The World's Tallest Man

Alton’s history stands tall with monumental moments, but there are none taller than Alton’s very own “Gentle Giant” – Robert Wadlow. Robert Wadlow Statute 2810 College Ave. Alton, IL 62002 Get Directions Like most first-time parents, Harold and Addie Wadlow eagerly awaited the birth of their…

Undiscovered: Take a Walk Through These Historic Towns

Located at the confluence of three great American rivers - Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri - the region is picturesque with stunning bluffs, quaint villages, rolling countryside, abundant wildlife and friendly people. Each community has scenic and historic qualities unique to their location. Come…

Celebrating Diversity in Great Rivers & Routes

From soul food to comfort food and everything in between, the Great Rivers & Routes region in southwest Illinois celebrates the Black-owned businesses in the region. And the diversity doesn’t stop there. Black history comes to life in the area with monuments to abolitionists, Underground Railroad…