2012 marks the 175th year since Alton’s inception and the city is planning a year-long celebration to commemorate the event. The River Bend Growth Association, Alton Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and several other organizations are joining the city in the planning process. Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst says that they are trying to get as many people from the community involved as possible.
Hoechst also says that Alton is very fortunate to have such a rich history and that they hope to partner with as many organizations and people as possible to appropriately honor this milestone. The city is planning a signature event that will take place on or around the anniversary, which is July 21st.