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Abraham Lincoln’s presence in Alton can still be seen today – literally. The Lincoln-Douglas Square, site of the last debate between Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, features statues of both figures engaged in a spirited discussion, one of the many reminders of Lincoln’s ties to the Great Rivers & Routes area. The square is also the stepping-off point of the Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail, a journey through the Alton area to see the places he stayed, paths he walked and sites he visited. It’s all here in one of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area’s gateways to the influential Illinois politician. Happy exploring!