Belleville Walks group creates self-guided tours downtown

News-DemocratJune 11, 2013 

A Belleville resident has organized self-guided walking tours for each Wednesday in June to kick off a new interest group, Belleville Walks.

Alan Elfrink provides free maps and information on downtown sites. The routes are planned around a different theme each week.

"Historic Homes," the event this Wednesday, will feature the Emma Kunz House, the Gustave Koerner House and other homes.

Attendees can pick up maps from 4 to 6 p.m. at the corner of North Church Street and East Main Street or from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Emma Kunz House, 602 Fulton St.

Attendees don't have to pay to go on the self-guided walk, but the Emma Kunz House charges $2 for adults and $1 for kids.

The Koerner House at 200 Abend St. will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. There is no admission fee.

On June 19, the walk is "The Art of Eating Off the Street," which will feature art downtown and places to eat that are not on Main Street. Maps are available from 4 to 6 p.m. at Church and Main streets.

The June 26 theme is "West Main Story." Pick up maps in front of the St. Clair County courthouse between 4 to 6 p.m.

Residents could always pick up maps and do the walks on their own time. It's not too late to do the June 5 walk, "Saints and Sinners."

For more information, find "Belleville Walks" on Facebook.

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