Alton Things to Do
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...more
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....more
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...more
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.more
I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this luncheon place just up the hill from the main drag in Alton. It's quaint and personable, and there are good views of the Mississippi from the rear windows. It's an antique-y kind of place, too, operated by people who care about their community and who want to see it revive. They have an interesting and varied menu, although as their name indicates they specialize in dessert.
Unfortunately, I have to admit that I was grievously disappointed in my lunch selection. I ordered a chicken salad sandwich, which is nearly always a safe bet in establishments such as this one. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that my chicken salad had _olives_ in it! Now, I've eaten chicken salad in many places, but I've never before had it with olives in it. I was nonplussed, to say the least, because olives are my "bete noire".
Now, I know what you are going to say. I should have returned the chicken salad sandwich to the kitchen with my apologies, saying (honestly) that I do not care for olives and that I found the selection not to my taste. But the server reminded me much of my mother, and I felt compelled (by some degree of misplaced neurotic guilt) to eat the sandwich even though I found it most unpalatable.
I compensated by ordering an exceptionally large dessert: a chocolate brownie a la mode AND a slice of raspberry pecan pie. Oh! I would have been much happier if I had only ordered dessert in the first place. Perhaps you should bear that in mind on your visit here. And do ask whether or not your entree has olives in it.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Alton Off The Beaten Path
It was a little disturbing to me how difficult it was to find the Confederate Cemetery in Alton. It's located in the hills of the town, off US 67, but there are no signs, and when I stopped at a gas station, no one there had heard of it. Fortunately, they had an old city map on which the cemetery is marked, and I was able to figure out my way...more
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Favorite thing: Plenty of historic architecture in old Alton - including a number of churches constructed with the local white limestone. I think that the Unitarian is the oldest of the group - it dates from the 1840s.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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