Known as being the hometown of Jazz musician Miles Davis, and Robert Wadlow (the tallest man in history), Alton is on the map for more than just its buildings. With a population of over 27,000 residents, the city has been declining in population, but is still extremely popular. The city dates back to before 1673, when the first written evidence is dated. A rich cultural life including the Jacoby Arts Center and the Alton Symphony Orchestra as well as arts and crafts fairs throughout the year, a rich food history, and multiple high schools, including the award winning Alton High School make the city an excellent place to live. It’s also home to numerous landmarks, and its oldest buildings date back to the mid-1600s, where the city became a rich trading area, with streets paved in brick, many of which still exist today. The city also has a Native American history, as evidenced by local archaeological finds and the famous Piasa bird painted onto a cliff nearby. Alton is tribute to its history, and is popular for tourists who want to come to see Victorian homes, many of which still bear evidence of the Civil War in the form of tunnels used for the Underground Railroad. It’s also popular for shopping, and a varied nightlife.
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