Towering History

Climb 50, 100 and 150 feet above the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and look down on their waters and the story where two explorers began their journey westward. From the three levels, vantage points give way to communities, history and stories of life along the riverbanks. The three levels can be reached by elevator or stairs. The Tower is ADA accessible.

What began as a grassroots citizens group looking to commemorate the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, now stands a structure that honors the place where men courageously set out west to discover the nation's prosperous lands centuries ago. Designed by KAI of St. Louis, Missouri, the Village of Hartford procured the tower site and hosted the ground breaking ceremony on Nov. 1, 2002. From 2002 through 2010, fundraising and construction phases took mount, with the Tower opening on May 14, 2010, to honor the famed departure.

Towering Facts

  • 64 piers/pilings support the Tower, averaging 65' to 85' in depth to bedrock.
  • 20,599 cubic yards of concrete were used to build the towers, or approximately 2,060 concrete truck loads.
  • Approximately 17 miles of reinforcing bars can be found in the foundation and structure.
  • On a clear day, visitors can see downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch, which is 19 miles south of the Tower.

Hours



Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

Tours available throughout the day and the last tour of the day is 4:30 p.m.
All guests of the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower must be accompanied by a tour guide. The Tower is ADA accessible.

Closed on Holidays:
Easter
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Christmas Eve
New Year's Eve
New Year's Day

Admission:
$6 Adults
$4 Children 12 and under
Children 2 and under are free
$5 Seniors (62+)
$5 Active Military/Veterans
Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645.

Directions



From St. Charles, MO (I-270)
Take exit 3B to merge onto IL-3 N/Lewis & Clark Blvd. heading towards Alton. Continue on IL-3 N/Lewis & Clark Blvd. Turn left at Piasa Lane. Turn left at Confluence Tower Drive.

From Downtown St. Louis (I-70)
Take exit 248A toward Salisbury St. Take McKinnely Bridge entering Illinois. Continue onto Cedar St. Continue on IL-3 N/Lewis & Clark Blvd. Turn left at Piasa Lane. Turn left at Confluence Tower Drive.

From Downtown St. Louis (I-55 N)
Take I-55 North to I-255. Take I-255 North to the New Poag Rd exit. Turn left(west) off the New Poag Rd. exit and continue about 3 miles. Turn right on IL-3 N/Lewis & Clark Blvd. Turn left at Piasa Lane. Turn left at Confluence Tower Drive.

From Springfield, IL (I-55 S)
Take exit 20B to merge onto I-270 W. Take exit 3B to merge onto IL-3 N/Lewis & Clark Blvd. heading towards Alton. Continue on IL IL-3 N/Lewis & Clark Blvd. Turn left at Piasa Lane. Turn left at Confluence Tower Drive.

From Florissant, MO (MO-367)
Take MO 367 N/Lewis & Clark Blvd. Continue onto US-67 N. Turn right at IL-143 E. Turn right on IL-3/Lewis & Clark Blvd. Turn right at Piasa Lane. Turn left at Confluence Tower Drive.