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This monument memorializes Elijah P. Lovejoy, whose work and death in Alton gave him a place in history for the abolition of slavery. During the slavery era, Elijah Lovejoy was a pastor who wrote anti-slavery editorials so controversial he became an object of hatred by slaveholders. Despite threats to his life, he continued his anti-slavery writings in the Alton Observer, even after three of his printing presses were thrown into the Mississippi River. It was this persistence that led an angry pro-slavery mob to attack and kill him in 1837.
Historic Wabash Train Depot
This historic train depot features a preserved facade and a renovated interior that houses specialty shops.
Bock Sculpture Museum
The museum, located in the original college building on the campus of historic Greenville College, features hundreds of sculptural pieces by Richard Bock, best known for his work with famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Edwardsville Children's Museum
The museum focuses on expanding young minds through a variety of educational programs. It is available for birthday parties and field trips.
Skate Zone, Indoor Skating Rink
Show off your best roller skating moves at this indoor skating rink.
Springers Creek Winery
Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of cushy chairs, antiques, and the welcoming hospitality of owners Sam Makler and Colette Andre as you sample a fine glass of wine.
Macoupin County Jail
The historic 1869 Macoupin County Jail was designed by E.E. Meyers. It was built using the "cannon ball" method which prevented jail breaks by making it nearly impossible to remove the blocks. This unique medieval-inspired fortress housed many lawbreakers during its 119 years of use, but only one prisoner escaped. He was soon apprehended a few blocks from the jail.
Arts of Fire
Arts of Fire has a pottery painting studio, ceramics painting, silver jewelry, and parties.
Indian Grove Campground
Overnight tent camping, overnight pull through spots and permanent camper sites. Call ahead -- space limited for overnight trailer sites.
Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House
This two-story brick home is a wonderful example of Federal-style architecture from 1820. Col. Stephenson, who was a contemporary of Lewis & Clark, moved there in 1809.
Argosy Casino - Outfitter's Grill
A breathtaking view of the Upper Mississippi and the Clark Bridge is the perfect complement to an Outfitters Grill menu that has prime cuts of USDA Choice beef, the freshest seafood, mouthwatering pasta and so much more.
Alton Farmers' & Artisans's Market
There will be an abundance of delicious fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants & flowers, locally-raised hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, pottery, art demonstrations and more at the Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market. Admission is free for shoppers and there is plenty of parking at its new permanent location in the city-owned parking lot at the corner of Landmarks and Henry Street.
Hard Road Theatre Productions
Hard Road Theatre Productions is a non-profit community theater organization committed to providing the Highland area with high-quality, affordable, live theater productions.
The monument is a tribute to Swiss poet Heinrich Bosshard, who wrote Semparcherlied here in the 1850s.
Bond County One Room School Museum
This museum is a living monument to the more than 72 one-story schools throughout the nation that served to educate children and host community gatherings.
Drost Park features a 7-acre lake, pavilions, 1-mile walking trail, boat ramp, playground, and restroom facilities. The University of Illinois' Master Gardeners keep it seasonally beautiful.
Madison County Historical Society Museum & Archives
The 1836 Weir House is filled with an amazing display of artifacts representing local and county history, in addition to a historic research library.
Clifton Country Inn & Bake Shop
If its biscuits and gravy you crave, then Clifton Country Inn & Bake Shop is the place to go in Godfrey. In addition to traditional bakery goods like donuts, this family-owned diner also features a full breakfast and lunch menu. There are also daily lunch specials. Hours: Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The roadside market sells homegrown apples (20 varieties), peaches, nectarines, pears and plums. Choose to "Bag Your Own Apples" and mix varieties, or pick up cider and apple butter.
The Palace Theatre
The 60-seat facility is complete with a restored 1928 Barton 12-rank theatre pipe organ. It was originally built to perform popular music and to accompany the silent movies of the 1920s. Group tours available.
Originally built as a private residence in the 1870s, the house now holds an extensive collection of Civil War memorabilia, World War I bond posters, Native American artifacts, domestic arts, and items from local manufacturers.
Located north of Greenville in Sorento, this covered bridge holds festivals every year that draw thousands of visitors.
Macoupin County Courthouse
The Macoupin County Courthouse, built in 1870, used to be the largest county courthouse in the United States, with the possible exception of one in New York City. It was even larger than the Illinois Statehouse. While the courthouse still serves as the seat of county government, it has also become a showplace that attracts tourists, architects and artists from across the country, as well as overseas.
Mineral Springs Haunted Tours
Walking Tours include visits to several haunted buildings as well as an exclusive guided tour of the most haunted building in Alton, the Mineral Springs Hotel. The only tour to enter Mineral Springs! Tour includes light refreshments. Bring cameras, recorders, flashlights, and any ghost hunting equipment you may have. For more info, call (618) 465-3200.
Route 66 runs through the island which connects Illinois and Missouri. East side of the Mississippi River.
CITY: Pontoon Beach
One Room Schoolhouse Museum
Bring your children and show them a glimpse into education before the 20th century. Located on the Jr. High grounds, this schoolhouse was restored by the Bond County Retired Teachers Association.
Children's Museum of Edwardsville
Toddlers to 12-year-olds can enjoy the unique interactive exhibits and seasonal events at this fun children's museum.
The Winery at Shale Lake
Rent a 4-wheel Surrey bicycle and take a bottle of wine down to the lake. They make six varieties of wine on site. You'll love the picturesque setting: the wine garden; deer running across the field; wild turkeys making their way into the woods and lots of rabbits. Make it a real fun weekend by renting one of the log cabins or a real getaway by camping at the campgrounds.
Imagine a store filled with chocolate - chocolate turtles, carmels, cupcakes and tiered cakes. Add in a dash of antiques and collectibles and you have Chocolate Air in Godfrey. This homey store makes all its chocolate creations from scratch so they are sure to delight. Don't leave without trying their three signature confections: Turtles, Chocolate Covered Bacon and Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Magnuson Grand Hotel & Conference Center
This Magnuson Hotels affiliate is within driving distance to the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, golf courses, and shopping areas. Guests will enjoy relaxing in the 10 acres of flowered gardens with gazebo and fish pond, an indoor pool, free wireless internet, local cuisine at the Captain’s Table Restaurant, refreshments at the Yacht Club Lounge, exercise facilities, meeting space is available, pets are welcome with additional charges and some restrictions. Rooms feature either one king bed or two double beds, patio, free wireless internet access, cable TV with extra stations, air conditioning, free local calls, coffeemaker, hairdryer, microwave, mini-fridge, alarm clock, and iron and board. Poolside rooms may be available upon request for an additional charge.
The Game Arena
This 64,000-sq.-ft. indoor soccer facility is billed as a "pro venue for the amateur athlete," with two regulation fields that can be converted to four mini fields. The venue also supports a variety of other events, including football, field hockey, baseball training, boxing, wrestling, martial arts, tumbling/gymnastics and dog shows. The complex also has a bar/restaurant and two meeting rooms.
CITY: Glen Carbon
Governor Coles Memorial
This memorial in Valley View Cemetery honors Edward Coles, the second governor of Illinois (1822-1826). A former slaveowner from Virginia, Coles became an abolitionist and won the 1822 gubernatorial election as the candidate of anti-slavery forces.
Timber Lakes Golf Course
Timber Lakes features an 18-hole, par 72 course.
Historic Montgomery County Courthouse
This historic courthouse was built circa 1858.
Riverbend Billiards & Grill
Riverbend Billiards provides 10,000 sq. ft. of entertainment. There is great food and beverages for everyone, plus a full bar for our over 21 crowd. You’ll find 15 7-ft. bar tables and two 9-ft. Gold Crowns. Dart machines and video games are available for the kids. Riverbend Billiards sells a wide variety of pool cues, cases and miscellaneous pool supplies as well as a large selection of soft tip darts and dart supplies.
Best Western Plus Parkway Hotel
Perfect for business or pleasure and conveniently located with easy access to key area attractions, restaurants and businesses.The friendly staff is ready to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay. Numerous perks include a complimentary full breakfast, an exercise facility, laundromat, free high speed internet, cable or satellite TV, a meeting room and much more. Make a reservation today and save at this Alton hotel!
Village Square Antiques
Village Square Antiques is located in a 1880s, two story building and offers a large variety of furniture. At Village Spuare Antiques there is truly something for everyone.
Macoupin County Historical Society Museum
The Macoupin County Historical Society Museum is housed in the John Anderson mansion, originally built in 1883. The main house is a museum with exhibits that chronicle the development of Macoupin County and its citizens. In addition to the mansion, several other buildings on the grounds emphasize the county's history: a one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, church, wash house, granary and herb garden.
Herring's has a wide variety of unique antiques.
Located in the antique district of historic downtown Alton, this mom and pop craft shop has all your project needs and then some. Unique and traditional crafting items are found throughout the store. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Historic Museum of Torture Devices
Displays of torture devices from around the world, pictures and written explanations are part of this self-guided tour. Hours: Jan. 1 - May 31: Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. June 1 - Aug. 31: Friday - Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Ideally placed in the historic Downtown Alton antique district, the Tiffany Inn is walking distance from shops, restaurants and the casino, with beautiful views of the Mississippi River and Clark Bridge. Located above the Alton Stained Glass Works shop, the inn has three elegant rooms decorated with lovely stained glass and antiques. Amenities include: private baths, air conditioning, mini refrigerators and coffeemakers.
9th Street Cafe
9th Street Cafe offers delicious home cooking with large portions your family will love. While you wait for your fantastic food - which won't be long - you can read all about the history of Highland, Illinois.
St. Louis Bread Company
Every day, trained bakers craft and bake loaves of bread from scratch, using the best ingredients to ensure the highest quality breads. Panera Bread understands that great bread makes great meals, from made-to-order sandwiches to tossed-to-order salads and soup served in bread bowls.
Carlinville Historic District
The Historic District includes the Macoupin County Jail, Million Dollar Courthouse, and the largest collection of Sears & Roebuck mail-order homes in the U.S.
The Holy Dormition of the Theotokos Catholicon of the Patriarchal Russian Orthodox Catholic Church
Established in 1907 by a group of Russian immigrants who lived and labored in Beneld, the group built homes and raised their families while adding their customs to the area's ever-mixing cultures.
O'Brians Top of the Town
Piano bar and entertainment lounge. Dinner and cocktails, wine dinners, tastings and live music.
Take a trip to Italy with the homemade treats of Princivalli's Cafe. This a great spot for a lunch or dinner with a vew of the river and classic decor, right down to the red and white check tablecloths. Bring the family and share a slice of some of the best pizza in town. Enjoy traditional Italian favorites like homemade pizza, the signature house sub, parmesan chicken, a variety of pasta dishes and much more! The atmosphere is welcoming, the service is fast and friendly, and the food is out of this world!
Andria's Countryside Restaurant
With such delicious dishes as Prime Beef Carpaccio, Fried Calamari, and Escargot en Croute, Andria's is a rare jewel of dining delight.
From My House To Yours
Historic home with five rooms plus a garden area crafts, used furniture, candles, nick knacks, flavored coffees, old plows, wheel barrel and more. "Five rooms to browse".
CITY: Mount Olive
The Music Theatre Company
The Music Theatre Company explores the musical in the interest of expanding the canon of musical theatre through fully-staged productions, commissions of new works and musical experiments.
A beautiful sculpture of Sacagawea graces the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois. The piece was crafted by Glenna Goodacre who also designed the image on the Sacajewea $1 coin.
Red Barn Rendezvous RV Park
30 sites, phone hookups, handicap access
Stonebridge Golf Club
Stonebridge offers 18 holes of first-class golf.
Hot Metal Heaven Museum
This museum features a collection of letterpress printing memorabilia.
Bur Oaks Camp Ground
Open all year, swimming and fishing, handicap access.
Wood River Museum and Visitors Center
The Wood River Heritage Council has worked diligently to preserve the town's past at the Wood River Museum and Visitors Center. It is here that you will find exhibits on the Wood River massacre of 1814, Olde Downtown, the Flood of 1915, the World's largest swimming pool, and the impact of Standard Oil on this growing community. Hours Thursday - Saturday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
Home of the first Litchfield Chautauqua, with speakers such as William Jennings Bryan and Carrie Nation in 1905. Beautiful lake, playground and picnic areas.
Alton's Antique District
Historic Downtown Alton is better known as "Antique Row," boasting of more than 40 antique and specialty shops offering a wide array of treasures, trinkets, antiques and unusual gifts. Pick up a piece of Alton's rich history from one of the many local antique dealers. From the simple to the sublime, just about everything can be found along Broadway, Third Street and the surrounding neighborhood.
2nd Street Music
2nd Street Music has a wonderful selection of music and collectibles.
Bond County Courthouse
Surrounded by shops and restaurants on the square, the 19th-century courthouse offers a great view of the town's hundreds of flower and fruit trees in season.
This historic home is furnished with memorabilia from the early days of Montgomery County, and is open by appointment.
Imo’s Pizza is known for their famous thin crust. Originally from St. Louis, Imo’s uses Provel cheese instead of mozzarella. Their fresh, never frozen ingredients are piled edge to edge over their homemade sauce. Side that with a salad.
Mineral Springs Paranormal Research Center
Share evidence and peruse scientific research on the paranormal at one of the most haunted buildings in Alton -- the former Mineral Springs Hotel -- now the home of the Mineral Springs Paranormal Research Center. Overnight paranormal events are held at the site, in addition to meetings with other paranormal experts, investigators and researchers. Ghost hunting equipment is used in every investigation and there are over 140 EVPs obtained over the years at the hotel and at other investigation sites.
Carnegie Public Library
This historic 1904 building houses one of the most complete genealogy departments in the area.
Glik Park Complex
The Glik Complex features four baseball/softball diamonds, five soccer fields and two football fields. The park also has a basketball court, skate park, concession stand, and a 2.7-mile walking trail spread over 50 acres.
Stop by for any of the specialty or create-your-own pizzas or calzones/strombolis. You can side that with a salad and fresh cold beer.
Heart Two Heart Jewelry & Collectibles
Heart Two Heart has a wonderful variety of fine jewelry and collectibles.
The marquee dates back to the 1920s, but the audio-visual equipment is state-of-the-art. Three screens show first run movies on the ground floor, with a coffee shop and bistro upstairs.
This Queen Anne-style playhouse was built for Lucy J. Haskell, daughter of Dr. William A. & Florence H. Haskell. The playhouse was an exact replica of the family home. Lucy died at age nine of diptheria and the Haskell's gave the estate to the City of Alton for educational & recreational purposes. The playhouse is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and can be visited in Haskell Park.
George Street Antique Mall
Prepare to be delighted by the over 15,000 square feet of furniture and collectibles in this antique store situated in a former warehouse. Open Wednesday through Monday, noon - 5 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Franco's Restaurant in The Holiday Inn
Casual family dining where kids 12 and under eat free with a dining adult. Comfortable for families as well as the business traveler. Dining room seating as well as atrium terrace seating available. Franco's Restaurant features such an array of delicious, ever-changing specialty dishes that it's impossible to choose one dish to love. The high quality is always consistent at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Mennel Milling Of Illinois
This mill produces everything from animal feed ingredients to cake, biscuit and organic pastry flour.
CITY: Mount Olive
Bilbrey Farms Inc. Bed & Breakfast and Exotic Animal Farm
A farm with more than 45 animals including exotics such as a llama and zebra. This B & B features state-of-the-art amenities in a tranquil farm setting. They also feature a party barn which holds 100 people.
J & K Trash to Treasures
Funky junk has a new life at J & K Trash to Treasures. Shop owners recycle and up-cycle furniture, mirrors, frames and more, creating quirky shabby chic pieces for sale. This trendy shop for decorative pieces is open Wednesday - Friday 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m,. and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge
From smoked salmon ragoon to the Thai barbeque pizzette, the seasonal menu is always fresh and healthy. Come for the food or just relax and try one of the fun martinis, approachable wine list, lots of beers and specialty drinks.
Fox Creek Golf Club
Fox Creek features an 18-hole golf course.
Staunton Country Club
This well-established, hilly nine-hole, semi-private course has many mature oaks, small greens and one water hole. The club also offers a swimming pool, tennis court and snack bar.
Spirits Lounge at the Temple
We have a full selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pizza. We welcome weddings, receptions, anniversaries, business meetings, office parties, seminars, reunions, birthday parties, charitable functions, holiday celebrations and more.
Roper's Regal Beagle
Wood fired thin crust St. Louis-style pizza, burgers, a dozen different appetizers and a full dinner menu aren't the only things that bring customers to Roper's Regal Beagle. Dine and play games; watch all your favorite sports games on the big screen and other TVs and after hours, listen to the live bands and dance, but make sure you take the kids home first. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. - 3 a.m.
Super 8 Motel - Alton
Super 8 Alton hotel lets you make the most of your time on the road. Located on Illinois Highway 3 close to Route 67 and Interstates 55 and 270, our Alton, Illinois, hotel is just 30 miles from downtown St. Louis and convenient to popular area attractions, including the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway.
Civil War Monument at the Veterans' Memorial
Generations of soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country are honored.
Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library
The Hayner Public Library District provides a variety of genealogy-related services to support research efforts. Information from various states in addition to Illinois and other countries is available. The digitized newspaper collection is a wonderful resource of The Hayner Public Library District for genealogy research. The collection includes the Alton Telegraph Archives dating as far back as 1836 and access NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE to locate newspaper articles in other parts of the country.
Fishing, boating, and campground.
If you're looking for a taste of Hollywood in Alton, Chez Marilyn serves a star-powered lineup of martinis. Maybe you wanna rub shoulders with "The Frank Sinatra" or get a little flirty with "The Marilyn Monroe." Spend the night with your favorite star or mingle a bit with the whole crowd. Lunch and dinner menu offers wide variety, including sandwiches, burgers and pasta. Desserts and soups are made fresh daily. Our patio is the place to be in the warm months of summer. We have live music Wednesday nights.
Oak Brook Golf Course
Oak Brook features a 27-hole golf course.
Bead-It has a wide variety of silver, pearls, Swarovski crystal, seed beads, Chinese lamp beads, unique jewelry and much more. At Bead-It, you can also make your own jewelry with our friendly staff ready to help.
The Quilted Garden
The Quilted Garden has distinguished quilting fabric, supplies, silk, ribbon, embroidery, classes, and gifts.
Twin Oaks Golf Club
Twin Oaks offers a scenic nine-hole golf course.
La Boutique has unique fashions for unique women.
New merchandise arrives daily at this 13,000-square-foot store. From antiques to crafts to gifts and collectibles, there are unique items available to fit nearly every budget and taste. Over 100 independent dealers offer a wide variety of merchandise. Doors are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.
Gentelin's on Broadway
Located in Historic Downtown Alton, Gentelin's offers a relaxed fine dining experience with an incredible view of Alton's famous Clark Bridge. The restaurant features a full menu ranging from appetizers and sandwiches, to pasta, steak and seafood. There is something to satisfy everyone's taste buds!
Don & Penny's
Family restaurant and bar. Dinner Thurs. - Sat. cooked by Penny herself. Darts, friendly bartender.
CVS - Godfrey
Pharmacy and convenience store.
Golden Corral - Alton
Golden Corral's legendary, endless buffet features an abundant variety of delicious familiar favorites and continuous new menu offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are especially proud to serve USDA sirloin, aged and hand-cut daily by our in-restaurant butchers. The lunch buffet features a wide variety of home-style classics like our pot roast simmered for 12-hours, made-from-scratch meatloaf, crispy fried chicken, creamy mac and cheese, made-from-scratch mashed potatoes, beloved Bourbon Street Chicken, so many fresh salad choices and dozens of other items. Our endless breakfast buffet features made-to-order omelettes, fluffy pancakes, hot-off-the griddle sausage and bacon, fruit, French toast, pastries and much more. Our bakery and dessert buffet are filled with freshly baked breads, like our famous yeast rolls, homemade cakes and pies, delicious cookies, brownies, pastries, and ice cream.
Great River Road Run
It is time again for the Great River Road Run. Race your way to victory with the choice of a 2 mile route or a 10 mile route out and back on the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, beginning in Alton. It's the most scenic run you'll ever make as you race to the finish along the Mississippi River and the majestic limestone bluffs.