The City of Alton 175th anniversary celebration kicks off Saturday at 4pm at the Amphitheater, and the mayor has taken some time recently to reflect on the city's history and that of its mayors.  Tom Hoechst has led the city for the past three years, and says he is humbled and honored to have been elected mayor, especially given the challenges facing the city approaching this historic anniversary.

Hoechst comments

Looking ahead to the next 25 years, then Alton will mark its Bicentennial, Hoechst believes there will be a growing focus on tourism as an industry, saying that times change, and the ways of dealing with those changes must also change.

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