First Unitarian Church

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Founded in 1836, the First Unitarian Church’s original structure here was built on the site of the St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, which had burned down. Both churches were stations on the Underground Railroad. But that church also burned down in 1905, a the church that now stands here is said to be haunted. The most well-known ghost here is former pastor Phillip Mercer, who, for unknown reasons, hanged himself from a window transom in a hall behind the auditorium in 1934. His apparition has been seen in the church by visitors and church officials alike.

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Geographic Information

110 East Third Street
Alton, Illinois
United States

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38.890885, -90.18361240000002
Madison County, Illinois
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Upper Alton, IL (2.3 mi.)
West Alton, MO (2.8 mi.)
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Godfrey, IL (4.5 mi.)
Wood River, IL (5.1 mi.)
Rosewood Heights, IL (5.3 mi.)
Hartford, IL (6.2 mi.)
Roxana, IL (6.5 mi.)
Spanish Lake, MO (7.3 mi.)


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