Looking East to Jersey County
Photo taken by John Christeson in February 2010
BH Photo #155382
If you are ever are staying in the St. Louis area, I would highly recommend a visit to the Brussels Ferry and to Calhoun County! The drive from Alton to Grafton to the ferry is worth the trip in itself. After crossing the ferry (free ferry, since it is operated by the State of Illinois), where being able to get out of your car, and watch the scenery for the approximately five to ten minute trip, is another plus, you can drive up through Calhoun County to Hardin. This is only 15 miles or so. At Hardin, there are some nice restaurants you can grab lunch or dinner, or get something from the local store and picnic in the riverfront park, which features an overview of the Joe Page Bridge, a vertical lift bridge that was completed in 1931. If you are lucky, you may even be able to see them raise the bridge for a passing barge! After that, you can cross the Joe Page Bridge (no toll) and take Illinois 100 back to Grafton and Alton, which is a very nice rural drive. If it's on a Sunday, you can even stop at the Pere Marquette State Park Lodge and enjoy their great Sunday buffet. And no, I don't work for the State of Illinois, Calhoun or Jersey County tourism commissions. I just want to tout a nice trip to take your mind all of things in this world of too much bad news!