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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Madison County, Illinois

Clickable Map of Madison County, Illinois and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Madison County, IL (217) Bond County, IL (31) Clinton County, IL (35) Jersey County, IL (22) Macoupin County, IL (36) Montgomery County, IL (26) St. Clair County, IL (231) St. Charles County, MO (233) St. Louis County, MO (773) St. Louis County, MO (611)  MadisonCounty(217) Madison County (217)  BondCounty(31) Bond County (31)  ClintonCounty(35) Clinton County (35)  JerseyCounty(22) Jersey County (22)  MacoupinCounty(36) Macoupin County (36)  MontgomeryCounty(26) Montgomery County (26)  St.ClairCounty(231) St. Clair County (231)  St.CharlesCountyMissouri(233) St. Charles County (233)  St.Louis(773) St. Louis (773)  St.LouisCounty(611) St. Louis County (611)
Edwardsville is the county seat for Madison County
Adjacent to Madison County, Illinois
      Bond County (31)  
      Clinton County (35)  
      Jersey County (22)  
      Macoupin County (36)  
      Montgomery County (26)  
      St. Clair County (231)  
      St. Charles County, Missouri (233)  
      St. Louis, Missouri (773)  
      St. Louis County, Missouri (611)  
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1 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — A Changing Waterfront
The view from the Alton waterfront has changed dramatically through the years. In the past, the view was dominated by Locks and Dam No. 26, a railroad bridge, and the old Clark Bridge. Today, all three of these structures have been removed, while . . . Map (db m133282) HM
2 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — A National Cemetery System
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . Map (db m185503) HM
3 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — After The War — From Prison to Parking Lot
The Alton Military Prison closed July 7, 1865 when the last prisoners were released or sent to St. Louis The buildings were torn down over the next twenty year until only a small remnant of the cell back remained Stone from the prison buildings . . . Map (db m211807) HM
4 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — 4 — Alton & Sangamon Railroad
"Drive the Locomotive through our land, and you will have business, activity, prosperity, and mettle." -Benjamin Godfrey In 1834, a group of visionaries in Springfield, Illinois, led by Abraham Lincoln, proposed laying railroad tracks . . . Map (db m144836) HM
5 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Alton and the Flood of '93
In the summer of 1993, very heavy and extensive rains began falling in the upper Midwest. This historic event pushed the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to record flood levels, and caused one of the most dramatic and damaging natural disasters in . . . Map (db m133279) HM
6 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Alton National Cemetery
Civil War Alton In spring, 1861, pro-Confederate militia in St. Louis, Missouri, threatened to capture the U.S. arsenal there. Union forces in Illinois commandeered the steamboat City of Alton, sailed south, and and at midnight on . . . Map (db m133299) HM
7 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — College Avenue Presbyterian Church — 1837
College Avenue Presbyterian Church, established 1837, formerly Upper Alton Presbyterian Church, heralds Elijah Parish Lovejoy, editor and martyr to freedom, as its first pastor. Emerson wrote, "The brave Lovejoy gave his breast to the bullets . . . Map (db m142158) HM
8 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — College Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Old Rock House — The Anti-Slavery Society Is Born
This is the third church to be built here since 1836. The first church was made of stone and was built late in 1836 on the present site. The land and church's bell were donated by Enoch Long. Elijah Parish Lovejoy was the first pastor . . . Map (db m144833) HM
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9 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Confederate Cemetery Monument
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10 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Discover History All Around Alton — Looking for Lincoln
Rich in heritage and haunted by history, many threads of our nation's past can be discovered here in Alton. Located at the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri rivers, Alton is one of America's great river towns. It was . . . Map (db m133286) HM
11 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Elijah Parish Lovejoy
Elijah Parish Lovejoy (Nov. 9, 1802 - Nov. 7, 1837) was a newspaper editor, social reformer, and Presbyterian minister whose death at the hands of an angry mob at Alton, Illinois, made him an enduring symbol of the fight for human liberty and . . . Map (db m133297) HM
12 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Elijah Parish Lovejoy
[South side] Editor Alton Observer Albion, Me., Nov. 8. 1802. Alton, Ill., Nov. 7, 1837. A Martyr to Liberty "I have sworn eternal opposition to slavery, and by the blessing of God I will never turn back." . . . Map (db m133298) HM
13 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Elijah Parish Lovejoy
Elijah Parish Lovejoy was the first pastor of Upper Alton Presbyterian Church, now College Avenue Presbyterian Church. A minister, teacher, newspaper editor, and martyr to free speech and the abolition of slavery, he was fatally shot on Nov. 7, . . . Map (db m142159) HM
14 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — First Soybeans Planted in Illinois, 1851
Bitten by gold rush fever in 1849, Dr. Benjamin F. Edwards, brother to former Illinois governor Ninian Edwards and the Honorable Cyrus Edwards, left Alton and traveled to San Francisco to try to capitalize on the economic opportunity. Days before he . . . Map (db m140668) HM
15 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Freedom Shrine
Theodore Roosevelt Letter On Cuba On January 22, 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt wrote to Secretary of War William Howard Taft rejecting the idea of a protectorate over Cuba and expressing his determination that the United States should . . . Map (db m169581) HM
16 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Freedom's Martyr — Elijah P. Lovejoy — Looking for Lincoln —
Considered by many to be the first casualty of the Civil War, abolitionist editor and Presbyterian minister Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy was killed defending the freedom of the press. Editor of the St. Louis Observer, Lovejoy wrote . . . Map (db m133295) HM
17 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — 1 — Godfrey, Gilman & Co. Warehouse
"Lovejoy's tragic death for freedom in every sense marked his sad ending as the most important single event that ever happened in the new world." - Abraham Lincoln in a letter to his friend Rev. James Lemen, March 2, 1857 In 1832, . . . Map (db m144832) HM
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18 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Great River Floods
Throughout history, Mississippi River floods have been a part of the natural cycle of life along the great river. During each flood, residents have worked to lessen damage, and have slowly rebuilt their towns, their farms, and their lives. Today, . . . Map (db m133280) HM
19 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Haskell Playhouse
This unique Queen Anne style playhouse was built in 1885 for five year old Lucy J. Haskell, daughter of Dr. William A. and Florence Hayner Haskell. It is believed Lucy's grandfather, John E. Hayner, commissioned prominent local architect, Lucas J. . . . Map (db m133293) HM
20 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — In Remembrance - Wood River Massacre - July 10, 1814
In remembrance of the pioneer days of this area and to the memory of the victims of the Wood River Massacre who were killed by Indians near this site on July 10, 1814 - Rachel Reagan, Elizabeth 7, Timothy 3 wife and children of Reason Reagan - . . . Map (db m47661) HM
21 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — John Mason Peck
On this site in 1831, John Mason Peck (1789-1858), pioneer Baptist preacher, author, and educator, established the school which became Shurtleff College. In 1817, Peck had left his home in New England with a vision "to bring the lamp of learning and . . . Map (db m139658) HM
22 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Alton
The seventh and last debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in the 1858 U.S. Senatorial Campaign was held at this site on October 15. Approximately five thousand people gathered in front of the old City Hall to hear the two . . . Map (db m154153) HM
23 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Lincoln-Douglas Debates! — Lincoln's Rise to Prominence
The two life-like statues represent a monumental event in our nation's history—the Lincoln-Douglas debates. For a decade, the Illinois U.S. Senate seat was held by Stephen A. Douglas, one of the most famous politicians of his time. . . . Map (db m133288) HM
24 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Lovejoy Assassination Site — Nov. 7, 1837
The warehouse of Godfrey, Gilman & Co. was situated at the foot of William Street near where the flour mill is located today. Broadway was a one lane street at that time called Short Street. The building was stone, three stories on the street . . . Map (db m211806) HM
25 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Lyman Trumbull House — New Birth of Freedom — Looking for Lincoln —
The stately house down the block once housed the co-author of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free—honorable alike in what we give and what we . . . Map (db m133291) HM
26 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Miles Davis — May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991 — Alton, Illinois - Birthplace of the Cool —
Miles Dewey Davis III is noted as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century. The son of a successful dental surgeon and music teacher, he was born in Alton, Illinois prior to the family relocating to East St. Louis, Illinois in . . . Map (db m144775) HM
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27 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — North Alton Confederate Cemetery
Alton Military Prison In late 1861, Union Gen. Henry Halleck received permission to use the former Illinois State Penitentiary in Alton, Illinois, as a military prison. The old prison had 256 cells, a hospital, a warden's house, and . . . Map (db m154164) HM
28 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — 5 — Plank Road
"Godfrey [Illinois] was in the forefront of the early-day road paving enterprise of a century ago…that was the day of the celebrated plank toll roads." - Alton Evening Telegraph, July 17, 1952 In 1836, during construction of Monticello . . . Map (db m144919) HM
29 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Prisoners at Alton Military Prison — 1862-1865
Prisoners at Alton Military Prison The Alton Military Prison was inhabited by four different classes of prisoner, Confederates, civilians, Federal soldiers and a group called guerillas or bushwhackers. Confederate prisoners of war made up . . . Map (db m211487) HM
30 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Robert Pershing Wadlow
Robert Pershing Wadlow, Alton's gentleman giant, was born February 22, 1918. He lived most of his life in Alton, where he attended Alton High School and Shurtleff College, now the campus of S.I.U.E. Dental School. At age five, Robert was 5'6" tall . . . Map (db m140133) HM
31 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Ruins of First State Prison in Illinois
Ruins of first state prison in Illinois. Built in 1830-31. Unsanitary conditions aroused persistent criticism from Dorothea Dix, pioneer in prison reform. All inmates were transferred to Joliet prior to 1860. During the Civil War many Confederate . . . Map (db m144762) HM
32 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Ryder Building — Lincoln Practiced Here — Life Before Presidency —
Lincoln made frequent legal and political trips to Alton putting him in the heart of Alton history. For nearly twenty-five years before becoming president, Lincoln was a general practice attorney, representing clients in a variety of . . . Map (db m133290) HM
33 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Scott Bibb and the Alton School Desegregation Case — (1897-1908)
Scott Bibb (1855-1909) was the plaintiff in the Alton School Case, a series of lawsuits that sought to retain Alton's desegregated schools, which had existed in Alton from 1872 to 1897, a short-lived outcome of the Reconstruction era. When Alton . . . Map (db m133294) HM
34 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Setting the Stage for the Great Debate
The Franklin House hotel served as Lincoln's debate headquarters and reception area during the final debate. In 1858, great debates were staged for the public with carnival-like appeal. People came from across Illinois and nearby states to . . . Map (db m164649) HM
35 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Smallpox Island — The Deadly Epidemic
A now-submerged island directly across from you is a mass gravesite for hundreds of Confederate solders. "In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all and to the young it comes with bittersweet agony, because it takes them . . . Map (db m133283) HM
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36 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — 2 — St. Paul's Episcopal Church
"He had been in Alton scarcely a year when he began the building with his own funds, of a neat stone church on the corner of Third and Market Street and offered the building for use of all organized religious bodies in the town. From that time . . . Map (db m144835) HM
37 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — The Alton Military Prison — 1862-1865
The Civil War began at Fort Sumpter on April 12, 1861 and Alton became a stopping off point for thousands of Union soldiers. Rail lines brought the soldiers to the river front and they boarded steamers for Southern battlefields. By December, . . . Map (db m211069) HM WM
38 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — The Cost of Freedom
More people died during the Civil War than during any other war in U.S. history. An estimated 200 Union soldiers are buried at the Alton Cemetery. More than three million fought in the Civil War. Two percent of the population—more than . . . Map (db m133300) HM
39 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — The Duel That Never Happened
An island in the Mississippi River across from Alton was the site of one of Abraham Lincoln's less celebrated adventures. "I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday." — Abraham . . . Map (db m133285) HM
40 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — The First Illinois State Penitentiary
The Illinois State Penitentiary at Alton was the first institution built with public funds in Illinois. Previously, prisoners sentenced in county courts were incarcerated in crude buildings, often constructed of logs that were inadequate for the . . . Map (db m211622) HM
41 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — The Legend of the Piasa
In 1673 Jacques Marquette reported that he and fellow French explorer Louis Jolliet discovered a Painting of what was probably two "Water Monsters" on the bluffs of the Mississippi River near present day Alton. By 1700 those pictographic creatures . . . Map (db m89339) HM
42 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Those Who Remain
While the Alton Military Prison operated here during the Civil War, there were approximately 1,570 deaths among the soldiers and civilians and about 200 deaths among the Union soldiers who acted as their keepers. Burials occurred in three places, . . . Map (db m210695) HM
43 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Units Guarding the Alton Military Prison — 1862-1865
Units assigned to guard the Alton Federal Military Prison 13th U.S. Regular Infantry Ordered to Alton February, 1862 77th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Ordered to Alton August, 1862 37th Iowa Volunteer Infantry (The . . . Map (db m210701) HM
44 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Veterans Memorial
Plaque 1. This memorial is erected to commemorate the patriotism and devotion of our citizens who answered our country's call and served in the World War. Plaque 2. Let us have faith in that right makes might, and in that . . . Map (db m55500) HM
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45 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Veterans Memorial
Point of Life In dedication to these men who gave their lives in the pursuit of peace during the Vietnam Conflict. May these roots grow deep. Harman R. Armstrong, Pfc USMC • Norman L. Barton, Pfc USA • James I. Burgoyne, WO USA • . . . Map (db m169579) HM WM
46 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — Veterans Memorial Fountain
This fountain is dedicated to the men and women who serve their country in the military service Past — Present — Futue Map (db m169586) WM
47 Illinois, Madison County, Alton — William L. Beatty — 1925-2001
This building is named in recognition of United States District Judge William L. Beatty, who presided here from October 1979 through May 1991. He served as District Judge in the Southern District of Illinois from 1979 to 2001, presiding the last ten . . . Map (db m237240) HM
48 Illinois, Madison County, Bethalto — Bethalto's Original Fire Bell
Dedicated To 100 Years Volunteer Fire Service 1885 - 1985 This Bell Served The Community From 1889 To 1933 Map (db m169587) HM
49 Illinois, Madison County, Bethalto — Civic Memorial Airport War Memorial
Civic Memorial Airport is gratefully dedicated to all men and women from this area who have made the supreme sacrifice in the Armed Forces of our nationMap (db m220409) WM
50 Illinois, Madison County, Bethalto — Culp Lane Park — History of the Park
The following is a description of Culp Lane Park that the Village of Bethalto has undertaken. As you can see the village of Bethalto teamed with the state of Illinois with Illinois First Funds as well as Madison County, Illinois Community . . . Map (db m141361) HM
51 Illinois, Madison County, Bethalto — McDonnell Douglas F-4C
The McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II was a long range supersonic, interceptor aircraft/fighter bomber jet that entered service in 1961. There were 5,195 built with 2,874 going to the USAF. It was built in St. Louis, MO. The top speed was over . . . Map (db m220410) HM
52 Illinois, Madison County, Bethalto — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to Veterans of All WarsMap (db m169589) WM
53 Illinois, Madison County, Bethalto — Village Hall
Erected about 1873 by Conrad H. Flick of Bethalto, and enlarged in 1885. Long the center of government and community activity, it has housed the police, fire and water departments, and today contains the public library. Lodge No. 406 A.F. & . . . Map (db m242306) HM
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54 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — American Legion Post 365 Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to veterans of all warsMap (db m169643) WM
55 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 2002Map (db m188713) HM
56 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Cahokia — City of the Sun
Cahokia was the largest prehistoric Indian community in America north of Mexico. It covered an area of six square-miles, including at least 120 mounds of different size and function. Initial occupation during Late Woodland times (AD 700-800) . . . Map (db m151122) HM
57 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Called to Duty — "Greater love hath no man …" John 15:13 — "Lest we Forget!"
Modern Era - War on Terror M4A1 Carbine Curly The kneeling soldier statue represents the homage given to fellow warriors and "Fallen Heroes," past and present, as he or she is "Called to Duty". WWII - Korean . . . Map (db m169639) HM WM
58 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — City of Collinstown Uptown Tour
The Oatman House 501 East Main Street This Carpenter Gothic Revival home warrants notice for the pointed arch windows and the "gingerbread" trim. The square nails used in its construction give a clue to its age. The patents on the . . . Map (db m169646) HM
59 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Civil War Memorial
Erected to the memory of Civil War Veterans 1861 - 1856Map (db m169647) WM
60 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Collinsville — Main Street of America
Imagine Main Street in the early 1900s. Horses pull supply wagons stocked with fruits, vegetables, and dry goods to shops facing the thoroughfare. Trolleys bounce and clang as they trundle down rails at the street's center. Bicyclists weave between . . . Map (db m144068) HM
61 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Collinsville Masonic Temple
National Register of Historic Places, Erected A.D. 1912, Lodge 712 A.F. & A.M.Map (db m169658) HM
62 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Dedicated to the Glory of God and to the Veterans of all Wars
Dedicated to the glory of God and to the veterans of all wars, Leighton Evatt Post 365 The American LegionMap (db m187684) WM
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63 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Glenwood Cemetery
This cemetery was the original burial place for the first settlers of the Collinsville community. It was donated by the first settler, William B. Collins. Since there were no city officials then, it was deeded to the care of the trustees of the . . . Map (db m169485) HM
64 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — In Memoriam
Korean War Eldon Doyle Vietnam Conflict Randall David Dalton • David Kell Dematteis • Leonard Monroe Gillespie • Charles Bernard Lankford • Albert Roy Lorenz • David Paul Meyer • Richard Lynn Moore • Donald Louis . . . Map (db m169654) WM
65 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — In Memoriam — World War Dead — 1917 - 1918 —
Howard H. Bailey • Ben. M. Borgars • James G. Dukes • Michael Evanko • Leighton Evatt • George W. Ganninger • Albert Hadfield • Andrew Karvelat • August Karvelat, Jr. • Eugene Kohler • Andrew Pinson • Frank Quatto • . . . Map (db m169655) WM
66 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — In Memoriam — World War II Dead
Charles Anthony Ady, Jr. • Charles John Ashmann • Peter Paul Baudino • Jesse James Beaver • Carlisle Burnell Bowers • Robert Brancaglione • Leon Bryant • Ray Vernon Castiaux • Herbert Fendrick Chinn • Arnold Harold Cline • . . . Map (db m169657) WM
67 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Monks Mound — The largest prehistoric earthwork in the Americas
Monks Mound is the largest prehistoric earthwork in the Americas. Its base covers over 14 acres, and it rises to a height of 100 feet. It contains an estimated 22 million cubic feet of earth, all hand-carried in baskets from the many borrow pits . . . Map (db m62175) HM
68 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Navy Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of the United States NavyMap (db m169642) WM
69 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Pan
Carl Christian Mose (1903-1973), instructor of modeling at the School of Fine Arts at Washington University was commissioned to design and construct the center piece for the Dorris Fountain in March of 1938. A youthful terra cotta figure of . . . Map (db m148774) HM
70 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Robert Prager Lynching Site
On April 5, 1918, German immigrant Robert Prager was hanged by a mob at this site. Prager's lynching was the high-water mark of the anti-immigrant and anti-German hysteria that gripped the nation during World War I. Persecution in the guise of . . . Map (db m151267) HM
71 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Spanish War Veterans — 1898 - 1902
Charles L. Carney, 4th TX Infantry • Everett G. Drake, Hospital Corps • Hiram J. Hood, 17th U.S. Infantry • T.A. Riggin, 2nd U.S. Cavalry • Ernest H. Isom, 9th IL Infantry • John F. Tobnick, 3rd U.S. Artillery • Henry Pausch, 5th MO . . . Map (db m169648) WM
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72 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Stockade — A Walled City
The central ceremonial precinct of Cahokia was enclosed by a defensive wall, the Stockade (or Palisade). It was built of upright logs placed in 4-5 foot deep trenches and probably stood 10-15 feet high above the ground. It would take an estimated . . . Map (db m74887) HM
73 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — The 1937 Main Building
In October 15, 1915 the President of the Collinsville Study Club (now the Woman's Club) appointed a library project committee. The library opened its doors on August 26, 1916 with a single bookcase of some three or four shelves. The City Council . . . Map (db m148710) HM
74 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — The 1960's Additions to the Library Building
History of the 1962-63 wing The East wing of the Collinsville Memorial Library was built in 1962-63. The addition was designed by Albert R. Goedde, assistant to J.W. Kennedy on the original design. The wing was built at a cost of $43,000 . . . Map (db m148776) HM
75 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — The 1986 Additions to the Library Building
History of the 1985-86 wing In 1985-86 the four story 16,800 square foot south wing including a 3,479 square foot meeting room was added to the Collinsville Memorial Library. Robert Field was the architect. In 1983 the City Council of . . . Map (db m148771) HM
76 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — The Blum House
Pre-1997 The Blum House located at 414 West Main Street in Collinsville is a home closely connected with one of the town's most well known industries. Two of the three generations of the Blum family who operated the internationally known . . . Map (db m142974) HM
77 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — The Collinsville Historical Museum
In 1975 as a bicentennial project, Irving Dilliard and Lucille Stehman founded the Friends of the Collinsville Historical Museum. This organization formed around the artifacts of the Collins family trunk which had been acquired by Mr. . . . Map (db m148711) HM
78 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — The D.D. Collins House
Built circa 1845 by Daniel Dove Collins (1814-1892) for his bride Elizabeth M. Anderson (1826-1902), the Collins House is an example of Greek revival architecture. As the first president of the Collinsville village board, Collins held board meetings . . . Map (db m144010) HM
79 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — The Dorris Fountain
The fountain in front of the Main Entrance of the Collinsville Memorial Public Library was dedicated on May 25, 1938 in honor to Charles H. Dorris by the teachers and students of the Collinsville Unit 10 School District in which he served as the . . . Map (db m148773) HM
80 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — The Freedom Tree
With the vision of Universal Freedom for all mankind this tree is dedicated to Lt. Col. Donald L. Rissi and all Prisoners of War and Missing in ActionMap (db m169652) WM
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81 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — The Magnolia Tree
In March 1966 the 76 year old Magnolia Tree planted by the late Theodore Ambrosius was moved from its original site on Clay Street to the front lawn of the Collinsville Memorial Library. The tree was scheduled to be taken down from the . . . Map (db m148778) HM
82 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — United States Airmen Memorial
In honor of all United States AirmenMap (db m169644) WM
83 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Veterans Memorial
World War I Bailey, H. • Borgars, B. • Dukes, J. • Evanko, J. • Evatt, L. • Ganniger, G. • Hadfield, A. • Karvelet, A. Sr. • Karvelet, A. • Kohler, F. • Pinson, A. • Quatto, F. • Rissi, B. • Snadden, J. • . . . Map (db m169637) WM
84 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Veterans Memorial
In memory & honor of all veteransMap (db m169641) WM
85 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Veterans Memorial
In memory & honor of all veteransMap (db m169645) WM
86 Illinois, Madison County, Collinsville — Willoughby Family Legacy — Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve
Joseph "Boss" Willoughby and his wife Hannah purchased this property around 1922 and ran a family-sustained farm for over 70 years. In its heyday, the farm included pigs, chickens, cattle, an orchard with fruit and nut trees, and a large flower and . . . Map (db m202463) HM
87 Illinois, Madison County, East Alton — Veterans War Memorial
Our community will forever honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom World War I *Lee Arnold Berkheiser - Natl Guard - DNB • *Grant James Larrance - Natl Guard - DNB • Pvt Sam Mullins - Army - KIA World War II . . . Map (db m211578) WM
88 Illinois, Madison County, East Alton — Wann Railroad Disaster
The Wann Disaster of January 21, 1893, is Madison County’s most horrific railroad tragedy. It caused the greatest loss of life and cases of personal injury in a single incident. The accident occurred at the Wann Junction on the Big Four Railroad, . . . Map (db m139657) HM
89 Illinois, Madison County, East Alton — WWI War Horses in East Alton
More than 250,000 horses were brought in from mid and western United States and shipped out of the East Alton stockyards during World War I. The horses of various breeds were shipped overseas to the British, French, and Belgian governments for the . . . Map (db m211576) HM
90 Illinois, Madison County, Edwardsville — A-7E Corsair II — Bureau Number 159303
(first part shown as a timeline:) 1965 - First flying in September of 1965, the A-7 Corsair II replaced the A-4 Skyhawk as Naval Aviation's front line light attack aircraft. The multi-mission A-7E Corsair II was unparalleled in its . . . Map (db m168347) HM
91 Illinois, Madison County, Edwardsville — Benjamin Stephenson House — 1820
Stephenson House built 1820 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places for Historical & Architectural SignificanceMap (db m55340) HM
92 Illinois, Madison County, Edwardsville — Cleaon Etzkorn Bandstand
Dedicated on June 3, 1982 In recognition of 50 years of outstanding service to the Edwardsville Municipal Band during which he served 25 years as its director Edwardsville Rotary Club serving the community as the major contributor to . . . Map (db m54303) HM
93 Illinois, Madison County, Edwardsville — Edwardsville — Home of Five Illinois Governors
Edward Coles 1822-1826 Ninian Edwards 1826-1830 John Reynolds 1830-1834 Thomas Ford 1842-1846 Charles S. Deneen 1905-1913Map (db m143186) HM
94 Illinois, Madison County, Edwardsville — Edwardsville National Bank Clock
First erected in 1923 at the corner of St. Louis Street and North Main Street Through funds raised by public donations, the clock was relocated in this Clock Tower park and presented to the City of Edwardsville in gratitude for its . . . Map (db m52630) HM
95 Illinois, Madison County, Edwardsville — Edwardsville, Illinois — Welcome to Route 66 Illinois
Route 66, the Mother Road, is an American icon that symbolizes romance and freedom of the open road. Born in 1926, Route 66 was one of the first numbered U.S. highways, journeying 2,500 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. Today, you can still "get . . . Map (db m144542) HM
96 Illinois, Madison County, Edwardsville — First Cemetery in the City of Edwardsville
This tract of ground was the first cemetery in the City of Edwardsville. Buried here are the soldiers of our early wars and the pioneer settlers of this community.Map (db m144183) HM
97 Illinois, Madison County, Edwardsville — Fort Russell — Reported missing
One quarter-mile to the west stood Fort Russell, a wooden stockade which served as a base of supplies and operations for the Illinois Militia during the War of 1812. From here, for months at a time, Governor Ninian Edwards administered the affairs . . . Map (db m202080) HM
98 Illinois, Madison County, Edwardsville — Goshen Road Terminus
The Goshen Road was one of the main arteries of travel in the early 1800's, when Illinois was frontier country. The road ran in a northwesterly direction from Shawneetown to Edwardsville -- a distance of more than 150 miles. Shawneetown and . . . Map (db m138859) HM
99 Illinois, Madison County, Edwardsville — Governor Charles Deneen — 1905-1913
Charles Samuel Deneen, Illinois' 23rd governor, was born in Edwardsville in 1863. Deneen was raised in nearby Lebanon, where he graduated from McKendree College (now McKendree University) in 1882. He later attended Union College of Law in Chicago . . . Map (db m182840) HM
100 Illinois, Madison County, Edwardsville — Governor Coles and Slavery
Site of the courthouse where, in 1824, political enemies convicted Governor Edward Coles of illegally freeing his slaves. "To preserve to a continuous line of generations that liberty obtained by the valor of our forefathers, we must make . . . Map (db m143182) HM

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