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Welcome to the DeSoto House Hotel. This Galena legend was opened in 1855 and historically restored in the late 1980s. Nestled in the heart of downtown Galena, the DeSoto House puts you in the midst of fine antiques shops, restaurants, boutiques, historical points of interest, and picturesque 1800s architecture.

230 S Main Street
Galena, IL 61036

Tel: 815-777-0090
Toll-free: 800-343-6562
Fax: 815-777-9529
E-mail: desoto@galenalink.com
Web: www.desotohouse.com

 


Illinois' oldest stone structure--Galena's oldest home. 1826 trading post furnished with primitives, Galena Pottery. 30 minute tours.

220 Diagonal Street
Galena, IL 61036

Tel: 815-777-1250



 


Several Galena fire houses with their own companies joined to form what is now the Galena Fire Department after it was established in 1830.

Hill and Bench
Galena, IL 61036





 


Exhibits include Civil War, mining, steamboating, clothing, geology, dolls, toys. Original 1830s mine shaft. History video. Open daily 9 a.m-4.30 p.m. Museum shop.

211 S Bench Street
Galena, IL 61036

Tel: 815-777-9129


E-mail: ghmuseum@galenalink.net
Web: www.galenahistorymuseum.org

 


Built in 1858 of Navoo limestone, the imposing structure in the foreground is the U.S. Post Office and Customhouse, still the second oldest continuously owned and operated post office in the United States. The Renaissance Revival style used by architect Ammi B. Young was the first standardized style to be used throughout the country by the U.S. government. The superintendent of construction was engineer Ely S. Parker, a Native American with the Seneca nation who was raised on a reservation in western New York State. The post office sits at the corner of Green and Commerce streets in Galena. And on one of Galena's signature hillsides in the background is the old Galena High School, built in 1905 after the previous school burned. Its use discontinued in 1980, the school was sold and converted to condominiums. Located at 411 S. Prospect St., this red brick building in the Richardsonian Romanesque style dominates Galena's skyline.

Green and Commerce
Galena, IL 61036

Tel: 815-777-0225



 


The Galena Public Library was established by B. F. Felt, a local merchant, in 1894 and formally opened on January 3, 1895, on the second floor of the post office. In 1906 matching funds from the Carnegie Foundation and the Felt Estate were given for the construction of a new library. The Galena Library contains over 22,000 items and provides the community with a variety of programs for all ages throughout the year. A unique feature of the Galena Library is the Alfred Mueller Historical Collections Room. Mr. Mueller spent much of his life studying and gathering photographs of Galena's history and people. The Historical Collections Room provides area residents and visitors access to local history and genealogy.

601 S Bench Street
Galena, IL 61036





Web: www.galenalibrary.org

 


Authentic blacksmith shop built in 1897. The same man worked as a blacksmith, wheelwright and farrier for 50 years. Original tools and equipment on display.

245 Commerce Street
Galena, IL 61036

Tel: 815-777-1893


E-mail: ghmuseum@galenalink.net
Web: www.galenahistorymuseum.org

 


This mid-19th century building was a center of Galena's community life during the town's "Golden Era." Now featuring the U.S. Grant Exhibit with several Grant artifacts.

123 Commerce Street
Galena, IL 61036




E-mail: granthome@granthome.com
Web: www.granthome.com

 


The Pathway on the Levee came to fruition in 2004 as part of the community's Grand Excursion 2004 celebration. The half-mile long pathway offers wonderful views of the Galena River, Galena's historic downtown, magnificent bluff homes and church steeples. The Pathway provides an opportunity to view Galena's historic river, it's railroads and commerce so visitors and residents can better understand the community.






 


Since the cornerstone was laid in 1874, Turner Hall has hosted many social, entertainment, educational, and gymnastic activities.

114 S Bench Street
Galena, IL 61036





 


This Italianate home was presented to U.S.Grant, Civil War general, in 1865. Grant became the 18th president of the United States (1869-1877).

500 Bouthillier Street
Galena, IL 61036

Tel: 815-777-3310


E-mail: granthome@granthome.com
Web: www.granthome.com

 

Click on the link below for a printable Illustrated Map (PDF format) of Historic Points of Interest and Attractions compliments of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Galena's Historic District