Holiday Inn Alton
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... Someone in the group actually new another Nick Rackers. He was Nick Rakers and not from Germany in case you were wondering. Rackers isn't very common outside of central Missouri so that was fun. While we were discussing the Rackers name I bring up he fact that my brother married a Rackers to which very quickly Barry quips " We have laws against that kind of thIng in Australia". Great one Barry! I tell him I'm not from Arkansas. Day 2: Bridge Climb Day. Some ...
We started the day at the Elijah Lovejoy Monument. He is know for his abolitionist newspaper. This is the meeting of the Union/Confederacy..Illinois/Missouri. Alton is noted to be one of the most haunted towns in America, due to the underground railroad and Civil War prison, of which we saw remnants, but the structure has been used for other buildings and the spirits are said to have moved on.
... began on February 12, 1963, and was completed on October 28, 1965, at a total cost of US$13 million ($97,300,000 in 2014). The monument opened to the public ...
... outside of St Louis in Alton, Illinois. This is a little inconvenient since in the morning we will have a long drive into the city to see the arch.
Once at our hotel we realize that we don't have many choices for dinner tonight. There are several fast food places near us ...
... to the bridge that was built on a 'dog leg' over the narrowest part of the river. The bridge was built on a 'dog leg' as the contractor who built the bridge could not buy land on immediate opposite sides of the river.
So on our first full day of driving Route 66, we were losing ourselves in all this lovely Americana culture. We also managed to literally get lost in St. Louis as we had missed a Route 66 direction-indicating shield. We were now in Missouri and trying to pick ...