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Views of Alton and Grafton,Illinois, 270713

After we were done at the Lewis and Clark State Historical Site, looking at the old boat and the settler's houses, we went to Alton:

DSC04454 alton sign  alton 270713


The

Clark Bridge

with its distinctive, floating-in-the-air look, is one of the most beautiful bridges I've seen:

DSC04564 light brdg  270713



We also cross the Missouri river, over another, more conventional bridge:

DSC04571 brdg over mspi 270713




The road to Alton, along the right bank of the Mississippi river, has limestone cliffs:

DSC04465 road to  alton 270713


As one enters Alton, this beautiful mural greets one:

DSC04457 mural  alton 270713

The distinctive quarry is another landmark:

DSC04462 quarry  alton 270713

An old-style paddleboat, which now houses a casino, looks colourful:

DSC04461 argosy  alton 270713



The lighthouse in Grafton is very pretty...

DSC04499 2 lighths and wdn bt  alton 270713

This wooden boat takes visitors for rides:

DSC04498 wdn bt  alton 270713

The windows and wall of this house caught my attention:

DSC04500 windows  alton 270713

There's no doubt about the food served here:

DSC04509 fish bldg  alton 270713

We went down to the Grafton Ferry:

DSC04507 grafton fry  alton 270713


The buildings on the riverbank are very pretty:

DSC04494 bldgs  alton 270713


DSC04463 street  alton 270713



Sailboats on the river enjoy the beautiful weather:

DSC04560 misspi alton 270713

However, a surprising number stay moored in the marina:

DSC04526 marina  alton 270713


Light aircraft take up people for joyrides:

DSC04541 plane  270713

There are kayaks for hire...

DSC04538 kayaks  alton 270713


They go past interesting-looking clouds like these...

DSC04844 clouds 280713 Rckwds reservation



Hope you enjoyed the visit down to Alton and Grafton!
Tags: alton, enjoyment, photography, river, scenery, travel, us visit, weekend
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