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Alton City

Alton City Hall is located at 101 East 3rd Street, Alton, IL 62002; phone: 618-463-3500.

Lyman Trumbull House, ca. 1849, 1105 Henry Street, Alton, IL, National Historic Landmark

Photo: Lyman Trumbull House, ca. 1849, 1105 Henry Street, Alton, IL. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark in 1974. Photographed by User:Nyttend (own work), 2014, [cc0-by-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed July, 2016.

Lying along the Mississippi River, the City of Alton [1, 2] was laid out and platted by Colonel Rufus Easton in 1817. Easton named the settlement after his son. He established a ferry service across the River to the Missouri shore. A very tenuous undertaking in the early years, Alton began to blossom in 1831 and underwent a period of phenomenal growth from that year until the Panic of 1837.

  1. Christian Hill Historic District, Madison County, IL, nomination document, 1977, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
  2. Alton, Illinois,, accessed August, 2016.
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