This charming town in northwest Illinois is named after a mineral mined here 20 years before the gold rush in California.
It was a booming mining town in 1860 with a population of over 12000 when Ulysses S Grant moved here. Grant and the lead mines are no more, but the buildings still are.
Featured Locations, Businesses and Attractions
Haunted Galena Tour Company
|Based on the true ghost stories of Galena’s past, the Haunted Galena Tour Company explores performative storytelling to immerse audiences in the spooky history that haunts the streets of Galena.
Galena History Museum
Old Blacksmith Shop
|The City of Galena is protected from floods by the steel floodgate system, which close during bouts of highwater.
Galena Canning Company
Jo Davies Conservation Foundation at Horshoe Mound (JDCF)
|The JDCF was first located just outside Galena, and was acquired as an open piece of property in 1993 by those hoping to protect the “Gateway to Galena” from development, ensuring the view of the city from Highway 20 would remain intact, continuing enjoyment for years to come. Now, the JDCF works to preserve wildlife and resources in the area, and educates others to do the same.
Hoof-It Goat Trekking
|With live music, outdoor seating, and over 50 unique red and white wines to choose from, three generations of winemakers in the Lawlor-White family-owned business have kept the Galena Cellars alive and thriving.