Movie star Clint Walker was born in Hartford, Ill., but spent time in Alton. He worked at Wuellner Construction and worked out at the YMCA before making a name for himself in Hollywood. He starred in the first hour-long western television show, “Cheyenne.”
Photos of Robert Wadlow - The Tallest Person in History Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918 – 1940) is the tallest person in history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. Wadlow is sometimes known as the Alton Giant or Giant of Illinois because he was born and grew up in Alton, Illinois. Wadlow reached 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m) in height and weighed 439 lb (199 kg) at his death at age 22.