Alton ( AWL-tən) is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 18 miles (29 km) north of St. Louis, Missouri. The population was 27,865 at the 2010 census. It is a part of the Metro-East region of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. It is famous for its limestone bluffs along the river north of the city, for its role preceding and during the American Civil War. It was the site of the last Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debate in October 1858. The former state penitentiary in Alton was used during the Civil War to hold up to 12,000 Confederate prisoners of war.

Although Alton once was growing faster than the nearby city of St. Louis, a coalition of St. Louis businessmen planned to build a competing town to stop Alton’s expansion and bring business to St. Louis. The resulting town

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Welcome to the website of the City of Alton Illinois! Please explore to learn more about our city. Our website is constantly updated, so please visit frequently.

MESSAGE FROM MAYOR DAVID GOINS

As the Mayor and on behalf of the elected officials and staff we welcome you to the City of Alton.

Founded in 1837, Alton is a city that is very rich in history and has a lot to offer. We have beautiful parks, a great school district, attractions, and events to interest everyone. There are two golf courses, tennis courts at two of our 19 parks, and a gorgeous marina.

Our 28,000 residents benefit from a cost of living below the national average and the protection of the Alton Police and Fire Departments. Because of the great work by our Police Department, we have a crime rate that continues to drop. Our Fire Department’s Insurance Services Office (ISO)

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