Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
3236 W. Chain of Rocks Road
Granite City, IL 62040
Phone: (618) 797-9835
Fax: (618) 797-9839
One of the most stunning features of the 47-mile (75-kilometer) Chain of Rocks Canal is the 22-degree (0.38 radian) turn in the middle. The purpose behind this unique piece of engineering was to keep the river level high enough so as to provide adequate navigation levels across the canal. Another feature to note in the canal is the rocky area in the Mississippi that was the inspiration behind its name. Two Gothic structures facilitate water intake for the Water Treatment Facility. It is no doubt a great sight and features on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is located at the convergence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Its myriad habitats support a multitude of wildlife. The area is open daily from dawn to dusk.
The Wainwright Tomb is a historic mausoleum which comprises the mortal remains of Charlotte Dickson Wainwright, her husband and her in-laws. The tomb was designed by famous architect Louis Sullivan in the Chicago school style of architecture. This beautiful tomb was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
One of the most fascinating river attractions in Illinois. See barges elevate on water as they make passage on the mighty Mississippi River. A great family attraction.
The Gardens are nestled in the sprawling campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. This botanical garden that provides for extensive research also allows general public to enjoy its scenic beauty. Check website for details.
Bissell Street Water Tower is also known as New Red Tower, and was constructed in 1886. It was built by Deputy Building Commissioner William S. Eames, and was in service until 1912. The water tower was constructed using red brick, light gray stone and terra cotta. The interior also had a spiral staircase which led to the balcony at the top. The tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 5, 1970.
Floating docks in a weather-safe harbor offering covered slips, pool and whirlpool, fuel and pump out, full mechanical service, on-site deli, and boat store.
The Alton National Cemetery was originally built for military purposes and was first used in 1870. It is also the final resting place for a number of Civil War Union soldiers. This site, a feature on the National Register of Historic Places, organizes an annual commemorative event that is a big crowd drawer.
Sadiq Mosque is another religious place of worship, where Islamic namaz (prayers) are held. Along with that they also conduct Sunday religion classes, lectures and religious activities. Ceremonies such as birth, marriages, funerals are also held and conducted here. A very important aspect of the Sadiq Mosque is the social work that the patrons do here, to help the community.
A beautiful home featuring wonderful period furnishings and other fine antiques.
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church founded in 1865, serves as a social service resource for the community. The original architectural design of the sanctuary is preserved. Pastor Rev. Robert Zinser is proud to be a part of this historic parish, named for the Spanish Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), whose literary works are cited by the National Library of Congress. The church has an adjacent school, St. Nicholas School, which serves the local community. Visitors attend mass and community events, and are drawn by the general history of the building.
An enormous Catholic church on the edge of the downtown business district, St. Joseph's Shrine dates back to the 1840s, when ethnic churches primarily German, Polish, Italian and Irish ones ministered to and schooled new immigrants. After a Vatican-authenticated miracle occurred there in 1864, the church was greatly enlarged in 1866 and then again in 1881, at which time its Baroque facade and twin towers were added. In the 1960s and 1970s, when the neighborhood had long since given way to commercial development, the underused church was almost demolished. A local group spearheaded a drive to save and restore the massive church, spending well over $1 million in the process. Tours are offered every week after the 11am Sunday service.