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Alton Prison

214 William St, Alton, IL 62002-6146
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Neat Little Stop

Not too much here but still a neat little stop to view the ruins that are left. Several detailed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DuneBug2
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Illinois
Very informative.

Little difficult to find if you don't know where your going, as there isn't much of it left. One... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dawn B
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214 William St, Alton, IL 62002-6146
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not too much here but still a neat little stop to view the ruins that are left. Several detailed informative boards give some history of the Prison and its' role during the Cilvil War. It's not the best thing in Alton, but if you like...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Little difficult to find if you don't know where your going, as there isn't much of it left. One small wall that isn't even in it's original location. It was moved across the parking lot. But the history boards are very informative. Worth the visit.

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Reviewed 20 June 2018

There are a couple of kiosks with information, too, but that's about it. From the reviews I read, it is what I expected to see, but I still had to visit since my 3rd g-grandfather died there as a Confederate prisoner-of-war in 1863. I don't...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

There is a small wall of the prison thats left. Some how they forgot to preserve history. On the side of the wall there is billboard types of information interesting. Tells you who was jailed here. I have pictures of all that was there.

1  Thank Irene M
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Easily missed, this tiny portion of Alton history is all that is left of the Alton prison. Stones from the original prison have been used in buildings all over town. Some even say they carry the souls of the departed which make Alton one of...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

not much left to see. The historical story is very interesting but there isn't much left to see. It's a shame that the city of Alton didn't do more to restore such a landmark

1  Thank Jackie760
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

I saw this as part of a tour. It was interesting and there is a lot of signage which tells the story of the land and the prison.

1  Thank Kim M
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

I was checking out a business on William Street in Alton today . The civil war landmark is on this street also. It doesn't take too long to visit & I think it's a great place for a person who is interested in the Civil...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Silly me, I actually thought there would be a building there after reading some of the TA reviews. It is very interesting to read the info boards, but there is no building.

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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

I've been here many times and I guess it's because I like history. There really isn't to much to it besides a piece of wall and some bricks. There's s plaque with some history on it though and when I'm there I try to imagine...More

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