Walk With Lincoln

Walk With Lincoln in Historic Alton, IL

Imagine walking in a young Abraham Lincoln’s footsteps in the historic riverfront community of Alton, IL. See how Lincoln left his mark on the community as a lawyer, debater and even a duelist! Enjoy the stories of Lincoln’s life before he became the 16th president!

See the Stops on the Tour!

Walk With Lincoln and Civil War Legacy Tour

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  • Tour through the historic riverfront community of Alton, IL

Stops on the Tour

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Alton National Cemetery
A monumental burial ground for Union soldiers who died during the Civil War.
  • 600 Pearl St, Alton, IL 62003, USA
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Alton Prison
Opened in 1833 as the first Illinois state penitentiary. This space became a federal military prison housing primarily Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
  • William St & W Broadway, Alton, IL 62002, USA
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Confederate Cemetery
Burial ground for those who died in the Alton Prison during the Civil War.
  • Alton, IL 62002, USA
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Lincoln Douglas Debate Site
The seventh and final senatorial debate between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln took place in front of Alton's city hall at the corner of Broadway and Market Streets on Oct. 15, 1858.
The debate itself drew national attention and more than 6,000 people gathered in downtown Alton for the...
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  • Landmarks Blvd, Alton, IL 62002, USA
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Lyman Trumbull
This landmark housed U.S. Senator Lyman Trumbull from 1849-1863. Trumbull was a co-author of the 13th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1105 Henry St, Alton, IL 62002, USA
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Small Pox Island and Lincoln-Shields Duel
Before the Civil War this island was called “Sunflower Island”. Known locally as the place where Abraham Lincoln nearly dueled Illinois State Auditor James Shields in 1842.
  • West Alton, MO 63386, USA
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The Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument
Lovejoy was a pastor who wrote anti-slavery editorials that caused a large amount of controversy and ultimately threated his life. The monument honors Lovejoy who was killed by an anti-abolitionist mob on Nov. 7, 1837.
  • 1299 E 5th St, Alton, IL 62002, USA
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The Franklin House
The last stop Lincoln made before his final debate with Stephen Douglas. He ate a meal with his family here and collected his thoughts before his 3 ½ hour long debate.
  • 208 State St, Alton, IL 62002, USA
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The Ryder Building
As a young prairie circuit lawyer, Abraham Lincoln often visited Alton to meet with clients. The Ryder building, in downtown Alton, was used as a courthouse for trials, and it was quite possibly the site of the Lovejoy murder trial.
In 1840, Lincoln delivered a speech here for Whig candidate...
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  • 31 E Broadway, Alton, IL 62002, USA