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Alton's National Cemetery

600 Pearl St., Alton, IL 62002

Historic Sites

Fought on American soil, the Civil War was the deadliest war in American history.

More than three million men fought in this "war between the states" that claimed the lives of more than 62,000 soldiers. An estimated 263 Union soldiers are buried in Alton's National Cemetery. The men often died of disease at the Alton Hospital or on-board steamboats passing up the Mississippi River.

What's happening nearby...

Alton Night Market

Jacoby Arts Center  •  Jun 06 – Jul 25 @ 7PM

You never know what you might find at the Alton Night Market! Made for night owls, the Night Market isn't just your average farmer's market! Visitors…

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Christmas Wonderland

Dec 25 – Dec 27 @ 6PM

Begin your holiday celebration when you experience the enchantment of Christmas at the "Christmas Wonderland" holiday light display! The "Grandpa Gang" has been at it again…

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Lincoln-Douglas Square


Stand the same ground once stood as Abraham Lincoln and Stephan A. Douglas near the Alton riverfront.

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