Scenic and Historic River Town
"Life on the Mississippi"
Alton is a city of about 30,000 people just to the north of St. Louis. Although once an industrial and transportation center, the town seems to be trying to re-invent itself as a travel and tourism destitation. Riverboat gambling and antique stores now help to define Alton. Since it isn't on an interstate highway, much of the modern world seems to have bypassed this place. Perhaps some people would call it "nasty," but others (including yooperprof) think of it as charming.
In the background of the photo is the new US 67 bridge over the Mississippi.
"Confederate Cemetery in Alton"
Erected by the United States
To mark the Burial Place of 1354 Confederate Soldiers who died here and at the Smallpox hospital on the adjacent island while prisoners of war and whose graves can not now be identified