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Upper Alton, Illinois


Upper Alton, abt. 1940

Fall Festival, College Avenue facing west.

Upper Alton Presbyterian Church, year unknown

Elijah P. Lovejoy was one of it's pastors.



Cole-Clarke Mansion, NE corner of College Avenue and Seminary St., Upper Alton

Built in 1869 for Professor Orlando Castle, and later sold to businessman Hermon C. Cole. Cole's widow married Prof. John C. Clarke, a member of the Shurtleff College faculty. The home was later sold to Shurtleff and used for dormitories.  It burned in 1940.


The Old Rock House, 2705 College Ave., Upper Alton, IL

"Old Rock House", 2705 College Ave., Upper Alton

Built in 1835 by John Higham and Henry C. Caswell, pioneer residents of Upper Alton.

In 1837, it was the residence of Rev. Hurlbut (associated with Lovejoy) and the Higham family.  It was here that a convention of abolitionists was held, under the direction of Elijah Lovejoy. During the Civil War, the house was supposedly used as part of the Underground Railway.


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