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Galena is located in northwest Illinois in Jo Daviess County (of which it is the county seat) about 15 miles southeast of Dubuque, IA, along U.S. 20 on the banks of the Galena River 4 miles east of the Mississippi River. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was about 3,200.

The town, established in 1820's by lead miners and steamboaters, served as the home of Ulysses S. Grant and eight other Union generals.

About 85% of the town's commercial buildings and homes are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Galena's "Great American Post Office", built in 1857 from Nauvoo limestone by Gen. Gen. Eli S. Parker, a Seneca Indian, is the second oldest continuously run post office in the U.S.

The General at Eagle Ridge is a spectacular venue and supreme challenge for area and visiting golfers. Eagle Ridge's four courses combined with the Galena Golf Club give the immediate area five quality golf courses that are the envy of many towns the size of Galena. Other outdoor recreation can be found at Grant City Park.

Alpine Slide at Chestnut Mountain Resort |
Antique Shops and Shows Red's Antiques Wholesale Barn |
Art Carl Johnson's Gallery | Palette & Chisel Gallery |
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns Galena Bed & Breakfast Inns | Galena Farmhouse | Steamboat House Bed and Breakfast |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor | Side Kicks Piano Bar | Silver Annie's Ltd. | Snookers Billiard Parlor & Saloon | Bella Notte Inn | Captain Gear Guest House | Fireside Pottery and Country Inn | Galena Cellars Vineyard Guest House | John Henry Guest House | Top-Of-The-Hill Retreat | Wildwood Shores |
Golf The General at Eagle Ridge |
History Galena/Jo Daviess County Hist. Society | U.S. Grant Home State Historic Site | Ulysses S. Grant Home | Vinegar Hill Historic Lead Mine & Museum |
Illinois Counties Jo Daviess County |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Allen's Victorian Pines Lodging | Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort | Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort | Early American Settlement Log Cabins | Palace Motel | Stoney Creek Inn | Triangle Motel |
RV campgrounds and dealers Palace Campground |
Shopping Churchhill & Burns | Village Shop, Galena Creations |
Transportation Brill's Trolley Tours, Inc. | River Cruises on The Twilight |

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Marion Arts Festival Marion IA May18 the festival offers a high caliber, fully accessible cultural experience – a day of fine art and flip flops, families and connoisseurs, fun and education.
DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Dubuque IA May17-19 DubuqueFest's juried fine art fair features the work of over 70 artists and artisans from throughout the region offering the very best in fine art and fine craft. Meet the artists, learn about their process, and invest in hand-crafted pieces.
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe IL May24-26 The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days.
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