At one time the home of Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant, and the place where Abraham Lincoln campaigned, Galena was once a booming town with the largest hotel in the West. It was here that Grant put together his presidential plans. When this bustling riverboat mining town and railroad center fell into disrepair, it languished for decades, and Galena became the town that time forgot. Fortunately, no one tore down the early-1800s architecture. Today Galena is a flourishing tourist mecca where visitors can literally go back in time. These postcards tell the story of this quaint village, with its magical old atmosphere.
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Early Settlers Mined Dreams
Glorious Galena River
Ulysses S Grants Homes
Panoramic Grant Park
Cherished Public Places
A Most Unique High School
BirdsEye View of Galena
American architectural artist back to Galena bandstand beauty Bob Coyle Bouthillier Street brick card shows Carl Johnson Chicago Civil climb Courtesy Daviess County Historical DeSoto House Hotel downtown Galena fire firehouse flood furniture Galena High School Galena Levee Galena Public Library Galena River Galena's Main Street Galena/Jo Daviess County gazebo Grant Park Grant's statue Grant's Tomb Greene Collection High Street hills hillside historic Galena history of Galena Illinois Central Railroad Jo Daviess County Julia Dent Julia Dent Grant Julia Grant Kay Price lead and zinc looking south mansion Marian miners mining Mississippi River old high school Old Stockade oldest original parade Photograph by Bob pioneer postcard shows Prospect Street Quality HilL restored riverboat Romanesque Revival Samuel Mazzuchelli seen side of town small town South Bench Street stagecoach stairs steamboat steep stone Store Street in Galena Today tourists Ulysses Victorian view looking Virgil Washington