Alton (population 30,496) is located in southwestern
Illinois about 15 miles north of St. Louis, Mo. Alton sits in the northwest corner of Madison County. U.S.
Route 67 and the Illinois Routes of 143, 111, and 3 all lead to and from Alton. Alton is a true river town, being platted on
the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Several railroad lines including the Southern Pacific, Burlington Northern,
and Gateway Western all travel through Alton.
Alton was established in 1837 according to the town's
official website address of http://alton-il.com/. According to the website address of http://www.villageprofile.com/illinois/alton/alton2.html Alton has an incredibly historic past. It was the site of where
Lewis and Clark left for their journey to explore the west. It was also home to Illinois' first state penitentiary.
Alton is named after one of the original founder's sons, Alton Rufus Easton.
Alton Ursuline Academy was established by the Ursulne
sisters in 1859. It continued in operation as learning institute for aspiring nuns until it was closed in 1927. The school
then became a part of the newly established Alton Marquette Catholic High School which is still going strong today.
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Alton Marquette Catholic High School
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