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Galena Travel Guide: 82 reviews and 191 photos

This bucolic town, situated about 10 miles east of the Mississippi River on US-20, was the unofficial "capital" of the Upper Mississippi Basin in the pre-Civil War years thanks to the lead mines in nearby Wisconsin. A hundred years after fortunes dwindled the town hit another mine: the well preserved streets and buildings, along with the soft, rolling beauty of the nearby countryside lent easily to tourism. A few historic sights, lovely buildings and a lack of the kind of gaudiness found in tourist towns of this sort make Galena an excellent place to stop for a long lunch followed by a leisurely stroll about town.

  • Last visit to Galena: Nov 2000
  • Intro Written Oct 6, 2002
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  • Aug 2, 2007 at 1:56 AM

    Dear Mr. Barnett, I was forced to climb up Vinny Vanucchi's restaurant causing a myocardial injury.. Would you have a photo of that climb? Thanks. Mrs.Christine Gram-It will be for my disability hearing when it is heard.BandCGram@aol.com

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    Feb 6, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Very informative and helpful information, Sam. Going to be staying in Galena in May for an exploration of nearby Iowa.

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    May 15, 2004 at 10:28 PM

    Interesting and informative

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    Jun 18, 2003 at 10:06 AM

    Great little page. I could eat it up!

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    Apr 27, 2003 at 8:14 PM

    Another great page and right up my alley. I'm finding the ancient, the Old West and the granddaddy of the modern U.S. entertaining in every particular!

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    Apr 22, 2003 at 9:10 PM

    Nice job!

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    Mar 4, 2003 at 1:09 PM

    Grant's house amazed me with the simplicity...for a president

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2003 at 4:53 PM

    And there are nice little locally-owned coffee shops in Galena.

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