While a small museum, it provides access to viewing the Melvin Price Lock and Dam activities and lots of hands on activities for the kids. Live fish and stuffed birds. There is also lots of information available for those interested in basic information on river ecology. It was a quiet day on the river, no barges, so the lock was quiet also. Later in the shipping season, you should expect to see barges moving through the locks regularly.
Yes, it's just a bridge. But, I like bridges and Cable-stayed Bridges are still far and few in the U.S. This was especially nice, as I had the chance to travel across it and to watch the sun reflect off the cables, making it a golden pyramid.
The beginning of Lewis & Clark's grand expedition to the Pacific. Most people don't realize that it actually started in Illinois. Here at Camp Dubois on Wood river, the men gathered and spent the winter of 1803-04 preparing for their journey. Louisiana (everything west of the Mississippi river was Spanish Territory, already sold to the French. Thus, to be west of the river would have been invading a foreign country.
During the summer, the reconstructed stockade includes demonstrations of camp life, with fires, cooking demonstrations, woodworking, guns and axes. It's a great time for the kids with plenty of space to run off excess energy.
In the summer, Alton can reach scorchingly hot and humid temperatures. It was 98 degrees when bleeding humidity the day I visited.
Hot weather aside, cold beer cannot taste beer in those meteorological circumstances. This is a fun place to wind down with friends and family and enjoy cheap eats. Fast Eddies is a true refuge from the hot weather here in the summer time.
For about $10, you'll eat comfortably and have plenty of beer. The bar/dining area is huge with a tent area where bands perform.
There are ONLY three rules when you walk into Fast Eddies:
1. No Kids
2. You must be 21
3. Don't Try to Take Food Out
Other than that...well, it's pure anarchy in there....
This is a wonderful historical landmark that chronicles the Lincoln-Douglas 7th Congressional debates of 1858. I always thought it was a single debate. I also didn't realize that Douglas would end up defeating Lincoln in the 1858 congressional election, though, only two years later, Lincoln would defeat Douglas in the presidential election.
Much concrete was poured in the 1980s to make this structure, which helps to regulate the flow of the mighty Mississippi. The Army Corps of Engineers manipulates the river through a series of man-made structures like this one, helping to lessen the impact of flooding and allowing for the easy passage of barges from Louisiana to Minnesota.
The Army Corps of Engineers has done a good job of putting together a modern, "hands-on" museum with something to interest everyone in the family. There are interactive computer displays, a simulation that enables you to imagine you are steering a river barge, scientific explanations of the ecological importance of rivers, and a guided tour of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, one of the most important in the entire Mississippi River system.
The National Great Rivers Museum was just opened in 2002, so everything is current, and the museum is designed according to current ideas of what makes a successful interpretative center works.
The Corps of Engineers has had a tremendous impact on River ecology in the United States, and doubtlessly will continue to do so. This museum gives them a good chance to explain what they've been up to, and why.
First written in the journals of Marquette and other French explorers. The Great Lynx has been created just upstream from the original site, as that area was quarried for construction stone.