The history of the Metro-East is the history of Alton. Its downtown is full of historic architecture and some of its neighborhoods are known as some of the most haunted in the areas. Each year tourists from around the region travel to Alton to experience its history. It was on what is now the Great River Road that Lewis and Clark first spied the Piasa Bird painted on cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The bird still watches over the town today and has become a symbol for the Alton area. The Alton riverfront and marina are a hub of activity and are part of a revitalization effort that has spread thought the commercial downtown commercial district.
- 27,000 people and one of the most diverse communities in the area
- Thirty minutes to downtown St. Louis Alton is home to the northern most bridge over the Mississippi River in the Metro-East
- Home of the Argosy Casino Boat
- One of the best library districts in the region with the main branch located in the Alton Square mall
- Unique opportunities to own homes in historic neighborhoods