City of Grafton


In the early 1800s, Grafton’s riverfront was one of the largest fresh water fishing ports on the Mississippi River. The riverfront landscape was packed with manufacturing companies, mills, wharfs, loading docks and riverboat traffic. While the riverfront of Grafton has drastically changed since its early beginnings, many historic buildings still remain on Grafton’s Main Street as a memory of times gone by. Since the first major flood in 1844, flooding has continued to be a part of Grafton’s history with the most recent flood in 1993 being the worst in recorded history. Again, this town known for its resilience and determination fought the swelling waters of the Mississippi, dried itself off and rebuilt the city around them. Despite the threat of floods and whatever obstacles the future may hold, the people of Grafton always seem to find a reason to celebrate both the challenges and the opportunities that the river brings. Today, the riverfront is bustling with a different type of industry. Unique specialty shops, antique stores, “hot fish” sandwich stands, wineries, and bed and breakfasts line the Main Street of this quaint tourist town. There is no better place to experience life on the river than where the Illinois and Mississippi rivers meet in Grafton.


Illinois Route 100
Grafton, IL 62037


38.96963000, -90.42875000
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(618) 786-3000

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