Robert Pershing Wadlow
Robert Wadlow was a significant part of the history of Alton. He was a well-traveled ambassador for our city. Active in community and religious organizations, he was known for his positive attitude and gentle manner.
This statue was erected by Alton-Godfrey Rotary, Alton Area Optimist, Junior League of Greater Alton, Olin Foundation, Alton-Wood River Board of Realtors, Upper Alton Business Association and those who cherish Robert's Memory.
Location. 38° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alton IL 62002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Mason Peck (within shouting distance of this marker); College Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Old Rock House (approx. 0.2 miles away); College Avenue Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elijah Parish Lovejoy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alton National Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Cost of Freedom (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Elijah Parish Lovejoy (approx. 1½ miles away); Freedom's Martyr (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alton.
More about this marker. The group or organization behind the marker is unknown.
Regarding Robert Pershing Wadlow. Robert Wadlow continues to be the World's Tallest Person in recorded history, for whom there is irrefutable evidence. It is stated on the Guinness World Records' website (link below). Wadlow is buried at Oakwood Cemetery, which is also known as Upper Alton Cemetery.
Also see . . .
1. Guinness World Records page for Robert Wadlow . Guinness' Hall of Fame page contains more details of his life, as well as many photos and videos about Robert Wadlow (Submitted on September 25, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. Robert Wadlow Statue on VisitAlton.com. From visitalton.com, this talks about Robert's life (including many photographs) and it tells people about the statue, and about the Wadlow exhibit at the Alton Museum of History and Art (across the road from the statue). (Submitted on September 25, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.