Confederate Memorial, West Alton, MO

Russel Neiss filed this request with the Parks & Recreation of West Alton, MO.
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From: Russel Neiss

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Missouri Sunshine Law and the Missouri Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all maintenance plans, bills, reports, or other relevant documentation regarding maintenance of the city's Confederate Memorial in the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.


Russel Neiss


I am responding to the Sunshine Request.  First I want to let you know that the West Alton City Hall is an unmanned facility, we do not have any employees or regular staff.  Everyone envolved is volunteer.  This is why your faxed in request and followup faxes were not received until yesterday, 9/12/2017, which is our monthly meeting night.  I am responding first thing this morning because we do not have internet access at our city hall or I would have responded last night.

Your request was for information about the "city's Confederate Memorial at Lincoln Shields Recreation Area". The technicalities of this are that the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area is a US Army Corps of Engineers area, not a city park.  It is in our boundaries but we do not run it, own it or maintain it.

The memorial itself is referenced by 2 names.  The Smallpox Island Monument, see: (

and the Confederate Memorial at Lincoln Shields, see: (
The memorial was installed in April of 2002 by the United States Government, through the US Army Corps of Engineers.  It is really a grave marker for the unmarked graves of those that died from Small Pox while in the Alton Federal Prison.  The Lock and Dam was built on this graveyard and this memorial was then erected.
The City of West Alton, does not fund, maintain, or have anything to do with this memorial or even the "park" in general because it does not belong to us. Most people in our area do not even know it is there, and those that do refer to it as the Smallpox Island Memorial.
Have a good day, Willie Ricther Mayor, West Alton, MO


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