Alton was an important location along the Underground Railroad, according to an Alton CVB news release, where there were no railroad tracks or trains present, just the sounds of the footsteps of runaway slaves escaping to their freedom along underground tunnels. Located in the free state of Illinois, Alton's riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the northern United States. Buried beneath the streets of Alton, remnants of this period in history still exist. There are more than nine Underground Railroad sites located throughout the region including Alton, Godfrey and Jersey County.
The tours are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 and 22. Tours are $25 per person. Boarding will be at the Alton Visitor Center (200 Piasa St., Alton, Ill., 62002) and the shuttle will return passengers to the visitor center at the conclusion of the tour. For information and reservations, call the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-258-6645.
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