Some friends recommended Galena as a neat little town with plenty of photo opportunities. It’s located about 130 miles from me, on the western edge of Illinois. So, with Brody in tow, we made a visit.
I think they were right.
Galena, is a quaint Midwest town, that started as an early American settlement and thrived as a mining town whose precious metal was Lead.
Following a sharp decline in the demand for lead, Galena’s population dropped from 14,000 in the mid-19th century, to 3,396 in the early 21st century. Until the late 1980s, Galena remained a small rural farming community.
In the 1980s, a tourist campaign was strongly endorsed by then-mayor Frank Einsweiler. Since that time the face of Galena has changed a great deal. Galena was rated as one of the top ten “Charming Small Towns” by TripAdvisor in 2011. (Extracts taken from Wikipedia)
One interesting point is that as I walked along I noticed quite a few people on the streets with their puppies. That was a pretty good clue that Brody, was welcome in Galena. We even saw a poop bag dispenser by the visitor’s center. Again, Google provided some insight. There are numerous area hotels and B&Bs where pets are welcome. Testing the extent to which this town is pet friendly, is reason enough for me to want to go back.
One thing you can’t help but notice, is the number of churches. And they all seem to have towering steeples. According to Google there are 10 churches that share a Galena address.
Not bad for a town of 3,000. But, it probably puts a strain on the plate offerings.
Also, according to Google, the number of bars & pubs in Galena outnumber the churches. That also, probably puts a strain on the Sunday plate collections.
The Main Attraction of Galena appears to be Eating and Shopping.
And the idea of shopping for something to eat isn’t lost on this town either.