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!
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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
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
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 event which lasted a staggering 3 ½ hours. Newspaper reporters from Boston, St. Louis, New York and Chicago were in attendance.
That moment in time is forever frozen in time at the Lincoln-Douglas Square. Lifesize bronze statues depict the two men intensely debating the issues of the time.
Landmarks Blvd, Alton, IL 62002, USA
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
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
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
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
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 William Henry Harrison. In 1844, Lincoln helped Simeon Ryder, the owner of this building and a former sea captain, collect an old debt.
The Ryder Building is now a historic building and is home to My Just Desserts.
31 E Broadway, Alton, IL 62002, USA