The city of Alton Illinois is 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. Awesome adventures await all around Alton. Explore the great outdoors - bike along the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail, hike to the top of McAdams Peak at Pere Marquette State Park, ride the Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship at Grafton, drop a line in Jerseyville's Wock Family Lake for some fishing and much more. From the parks and pools of Bethalto and Wood River to the heritage of Kampsville, this is your place to play. Alton is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.