Galena, Illinois: A Brief History

Galena, Illinois: A Brief History

by Diann Marsh


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With 85 percent of its buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, Galena truly is a place drenched in history.

From the ancient burial mounds crowding the high banks of the Mississippi to the home of President Ulysses S. Grant, the Illinois town's rich past is everywhere on display. Follow Diann Marsh in her dogged pursuit of that fascinating heritage and catch glimpses of unforgettable incidents like the courageous defense put up by a handful of Galena settlers during the Black Hawk War or the monster flood that turned a day in 1892 into a bridge-snapping spectacle. Fortunes are won and lost within the space of a page, but the legacy left by Galena's determined citizens and cared for by passionate guardians like Marsh is one that is sure to endure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596297302
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 08/20/2010
Series: History Press Brief History Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Diann Marsh has loved historic buildings and houses all of her adult life. Her previous Galena book featured over 170 photos and histories of local buildings. She is a member of the Spirits, the support group of the Galena, Jo Daviess County Museum, where she served as president and is on the board. She was a founder of the Galena Cultural Arts Alliance and an active member of the Galena Artists Guild. She belongs to the Backyard Garden Club, the Old House Enthusiasts of Dubuque, Grace Episcopal Church and the Vision 2020 Museum Committee. Marsh was involved in the historic preservation field for more than twenty-three years. She surveyed and documented over ten thousand buildings and placed more than four hundred buildings and districts on the National Register of Historic Places. She was a guest speaker for nonprofit organizations, libraries and historical societies, talking about historic architecture and the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings. For the last eleven years, Marsh and her husband have lived in and have been restoring an 1870 home on Park Avenue in Galena.

Table of Contents

Foreword P. Carter Newton 9

Acknowledgements 11

Chapter 1 In the Beginning... 13

Chapter 2 The Adventurers 27

Chapter 3 From Rags to Riches 50

Chapter 4 Galena Grows Up! 70

Chapter 5 The Grant Years 90

Chapter 6 A Picturesque Victorian Community 118

Chapter 7 A New Century Brings Changes 150

Epilogue. Why We Are Here 167

Notes 169

Bibliography 179

Index 183

About the Author 191

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