Welcome to the website of the City of Alton Illinois!! Located 25 miles
north of St. Louis, Missouri, Alton is full of history, recreational
opportunities, and business prospects. Founded in 1837, Alton was the site
of the final debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Robert
Wadlow, the world's tallest man, was born and raised in Alton. Legendary jazz musician Miles Davis was born in Alton. Alton is
also considered one of the most haunted cities in America. Alton is home to
the Jacoby Arts Center, the Alton Little Theater, the Alton's Children's
Theater, three historic districts, the Alton Museum of History and Art, the
Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument, the Southern Illinois University School of
Dental Medicine, the Alton Marina, the Alton Amphitheater, the National
Great Rivers Research and Education Center, the Melvin Price Locks and Dam,
the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway, and a variety of other
educational and recreational institutions.
Alton is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Alton's 28,000
residents benefit from a cost of living below the national average and the
protection of the Alton Police and Fire Departments. The Alton School
District and several private and parochial schools provide a wonderful
education to our children. Lewis and Clark Community College, Southern
Illinois University at Edwardsville, and the many colleges and universities
in St. Louis make higher education accessible to residents of Alton. Large
employers include the Alton School District, Alton Memorial Hospital, Alton
Steel, Inc., American Water Company, Argosy Casino, Global Brass and Copper,
Inc., Millers First Insurance Company, Olin Corporation, Riverbend Head
Start & Community Services, and Saint Anthony's Health Center. A variety of
locally owned small businesses are also located in Alton.
Please explore our website and learn more about our City. Meeting minutes
and agendas, registration forms, business license information, information
about our parks, and a host of other information can be found on our
website. Our website is constantly updated, so please visit frequently.
Welcome to the City of Alton, Illinois!!