Walk With Lincoln and Civil War Legacy Tour

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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Alton National Cemetery
A monumental burial ground for Union soldiers who died during the Civil War.

What's Included

  • Alton Cemetery
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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.

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  • Alton Prison
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Confederate Cemetery
Burial ground for those who died in the Alton Prison during the Civil War.

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  • Confederate Cemetery
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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.

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  • Lyman Trumbull
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Site 1: Godfrey, Gilman & Company Warehouse
Benjamin Godfrey and his business partner, Winthrop Gilman, formed Godfrey, Gilman & Company in 1832. Located on Alton’s riverfront, the business operated out of a newly constructed stone warehouse at the foot of William Street. The firm shipped furs, livestock and agricultural products directly...
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  • Godfrey, Gilman & Company Warehouse
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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.

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  • Small Pox Island
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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.

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  • Elijah Parrish Lovejoy
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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.

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  • Franklin House
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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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  • Simeon Ryder