Pride, Incorporated is currently fundraising for a beautification project under way at what is known among Altonians as the old State House Circle.  It’s located at College and Central Avenues and adjacent to OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center.  To celebrate Pride, Incorporated’s 50th anniversary, as a beautification organization, we felt it a perfect beautification project that will further improve our neighborhoods. This location holds an historic significance to Alton.

State House Circle 1

The first capitol of Illinois was located in Vandalia, Illinois.  In the late 1820’s, Illinois citizens began to advocate relocating the capitol to a location nearer the center of the state.  A bill was introduced in 1833 for a statewide vote to determine a new location from a list of choices including Alton, Jacksonville, Peoria, Springfield and Vandalia, which were at the state’s actual geographic center.  Alton was the victor, however, the legislature determined the margin of votes too small to be conclusive and ignored the vote.  In 1836, a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln and his colleagues, of the legal profession, advocated moving the capitol to Springfield.  On February 25, 1837, the General Assembly voted to relocate the capitol from Vandalia to Springfield.  Hence, had the vote been upheld, State House Circle would have been the location of the Illinois state capitol.

Several years ago, the Alton/Godfrey Rotary organization updated the fountains and planted trees at the location.  Over time, the trees became overgrown and unmanageable.  Through cooperation of the City of Alton, the trees have been removed in preparation for the new landscaping project.  Alton/Godfrey Rotary and OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center are current partners with Pride, Incorporated to initiate the work.  The landscape stone beds are currently being installed.  However, we need additional funding to complete the project.  Please consider becoming part of this project to help improve this historic neighborhood with a generous donation.
State House Circle 2

To make a donation or to make an appointment to discuss the project, please contact Pride, Incorporated at 618-467-2375. 

Donations can be made by clicking here 

or mailed to

Pride, Incorporated

5800 Godfrey Road – BGM

Godfrey, IL 62035

State House Circle 3


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