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Galena Travel Guide: 82 reviews and 191 photos

Welcome to Galena

Galena is a small, historic town located in the far NW corner of Illinois, only about ten miles from Dubuque. It is hard to believe, but Galena was a thriving trading town when Chicago was made of mud huts. That changed when the railroad made the riverboat obsolete, and Galena, like so many riverport towns of its day, faded in importance and population.

Today, Galena is notable for its old architecture and new boutiques. It is a toutist town, where people come to get away from the cities and spend a few days in the countryside.


Historically speaking, Galena is important for three things. First, as I already mentioned, Galena was an early riverport town that played a crucial staging role in the settlement of the area. Second, Galena lay at the heart of an area in which the only true war fought on Illinois soil took place, the Black Hawk War, where the Sauk Indians weren't too keen on the settlement of the region.

lastly, and most prominently, Galena has a tie to Ulysses S. Grant. The former Civil War general and President was not born in Galena, but he did start his career as an army officer there, and he did launch his campaign for president from Galena. later, he retured there. Everywhere you look, you will see tributes to Ulysses S. Grant.

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Galena has a cute side to it, like this teddy bear store. This is one of many cute little shops that sell everything from apple butter to salad tongs to wine and cheese.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A quaint town anyone can enjoy
  • Cons:Not easy to differentiate from other towns like it
  • In a nutshell:A quaint Mississippi town
  • Last visit to Galena: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Dave, good presentation of Galena. It's a great getaway. Loved the travelogue.

  • moiraistyx's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2006 at 10:07 AM

    Interesting page. Where to next?

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2006 at 4:04 AM

    Hi, Dave and your babies! Galena looks temting at your pics. Privet from Moscow and congratulations with the successful start of the shuttle!


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