Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail
Walk with us and experience Alton's lasting legacies that shaped the history of America as you visit 10 Lincoln and Civil War sites in Alton.
Begin your journey with Lincoln at the famous Lincoln-Douglas Square where the last of the great debates took place. Walk in the footsteps of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Civil War soldiers from both North and South. Experience the life of young Lincoln as a lawyer, duelist and orator. It was here that the final Lincoln-Douglas Debate took place, with the issue of slavery on the minds spectators. It was here that Confederate soldiers were held captive, died and were buried. It was here that Alton resident and U.S. Senator Lyman Trumbull authored the 13th Amendment, putting an end to slavery in the United States.
Trail guides are available at the Alton Visitors Center at 200 Piasa Street in Downtown Alton.