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Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail

Citywide, Alton, IL 62002

Historic Sites

Walk in the footsteps of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Civil War soldiers from both North and South.

Experience the life of young Lincoln as a lawyer, duelist and orator. It was here that the final Lincoln-Douglas Debate took place, with the issue of slavery on the minds of spectators. It was here that Confederate soldiers were held captive, died and were buried. It was here that Alton resident and U.S. Senator Lyman Trumbull authored the 13th Amendment, putting an end to slavery in the United States. Experience the 11 historic sites interpreted along the Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail.

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Alton Fireworks Spectacular

Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater •  Jul 03 @ 5AM

Come enjoy the magnificent glow of the Alton Fireworks Spectacular at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater!

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Confederate Cemetery and Memorial


Remember those who died in the infamous Alton prison in 1863 as you visit the Confederate Cemetery and Memorial in Alton, IL.

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Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument


Visit the monument of an amazingly persistent and inspirational freedom fighter, Elijah P. Lovejoy.

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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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