Robert Wadlow, The Tallest Man in History

Robert Wadlow, the “Alton Giant,” was the opposite of what fairy tales say a giant should be. His astonishing height still holds the world record for the tallest man in recorded history. The History Guy remembers an extraordinary man and his extraordinary life! Visit the Alton Museum of History and Art. Featuring a specialContinue reading “Robert Wadlow, The Tallest Man in History”

Fort de Chartres: Fringe of Empire

Located in rural Randolph County, Illinois, Fort de Chartres seems out of place. The imposing limestone fort with fifteen foot walls once stood as the seat of government for the vast “Illinois country,” and the symbol of hopes for the future of New France. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the fringe ofContinue reading “Fort de Chartres: Fringe of Empire”

The British Invasion and Benton, Illinois

George Harrison, world famous musician, was born #OnThisDay, February 25, in 1943. Though the Beatles would go on to international acclaim, they made a quiet debut in the United States in the small town of Benton, Illinois. It is #history that deserves to be remembered.