As a cultural and educational center, Upper Alton was once a separate town from Alton. It is anchored by a former military academy and is the oldest continuously used educational buildings in Illinois. The main street names, Seminary and College, continue the education theme in the area. Many of the houses were built for the professors and administrators of these institutions. The neighborhood also includes the Alton Museum of History and Art and the life-size statue of Robert Pershing Wadlow, the world’s tallest man.