Charming Old Galena

While taking the long way home after a college visit with my son recently, we stopped for several hours to explore the town of Galena, Illinois.  Over 85% of the buildings in Galena are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which is recognized by the National Park Service:

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

As you walk through the character-filled streets, and climb the steep flights of stairs to the overlook by the old high school, you can imagine life in the 19th-century, as Galena appears to be frozen in time in many respects.  The preservation of the architecture is amazing, and the city full of charm.  We picked up a walking map and self-guided architectural history tour booklet from the Visitor Center in the old train depot, so I could learn more about some of the history-filled buildings we passed as my son geocached throughout the historic district.

Enjoy the gallery below, hovering over the photos for a brief description, or clicking on any of them for a more expansive slide show.  Our brief visit merely scratched the surface of this lovely river town.

Ciao! ~ Kat B

Other links of interest regarding Galena, Illinois:

9 thoughts on “Charming Old Galena

  1. Hi Kat. I came across your blog and was wondering if I could repost it on our blog, visitgalena.org/blog? We are always looking for guest bloggers. I would be sure to give you credit and include a link back to the original post. Please let me know. You can e-mail if you’d like (tblair@visitgalena.org).

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