Alton Antiques, Flower Girl Dresses & Other Adventures

Our Saturday began with a trip across the Mississippi River, aboard the Winfield Ferry. The photo shows beautiful farm fields along an Illinois back road. In the foreground, corn. The background, in lighter green, shows Soy Beans.
Photos of the Mississippi River along the Great River Road, between Grafton and Alton, IL. The statue, Our Lady of the Rivers, at Portage des Sioux, MO.

We arrived in Alton just before noon and parked beside Lincoln Douglas Square. Finding this particular parking space was meant to be. Just across the street is a sweet children's shop. In the window of The Grapevine, were beautiful Flower Girl dresses. Naturally, I had to see inside this cute shop! I found dresses in the style we've been looking for and called my daughter, whose wedding is in November 2007. She and her fiance drove over, from St Charles, Missouri. They liked the dresses and bought two (there are two Flower Girls). The dresses are ankle length, white with blue sashes. The blue will be replaced with eggplant sashes, the color of the attendants' dresses.
G'ma Pat made a couple of purchases for Gabi and Drew, also!

The final Debate of Steven A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln took place in front of Alton's city hall at the corner of Broadway and Market Streets, in 1858.
Left photo, the Argosy Casino, across from Lincoln Douglas Square.
In the background of the lower right photo, is the Clark Bridge, that spans the Mississippi, at Alton, Illinois.

In between rain showers, we browsed Prairie Peddler Antiques. A wonderful Alton shop. We saw beautiful 18th and 19th century pieces, in excellent condition. Needless to say, I have a long wishlist, after seeing this shop. I made one purchase, the small chair to the left in the exterior photo. It was one of those "attic" pieces, with a great price tag, I couldn't resist. Since the chair was in poor condition, it was marked $5. It's sitting in our side garden. I'll photograph and add to my garden post, later this week.

After an early supper, at Pere Marquette Lodge, we returned to Missouri, aboard the Golden Eagle Ferry.