BOOM! The town of Galena, Illinois is totally charming. Lots of folks from Chicago like to escape here from the hustle and bustle of the big city. . .the locals are fairly relaxed though just a tad harried by all of the visitors who flood this place during the summer months–July 4th weekend being a real draw. There are lots of shops, cafes, diners, restaurants, pubs, and bars to keep us all busy. . .there is even live music in one or two of the bars, and we like this a lot–as do all of the other visitors.
Galena is named after an ore called ‘galinite’ or something like that. This ore was and is a primary ingredient in the processing of iron and steel. . .Google it to learn more and correct me if I have any of this incorrect. In any case, in the early to mid-nineteenth century this town was booming because of the lead and iron rush that was on. . .Platteville, Wisconsin and Mineral Point were the other two big boomtowns at this time as the area was flooded with English and French folks who wanted in on the mining action. Today these towns: Galena, Platteville, and Mineral Point are charming reminders of the work European settlers did to help the United States become the thriving country that it remains today.
We send you ‘istoric and ‘ard-working vibes from Galena, Illinois. . .feel them. . .they are full of verve and vitality.
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It’s lovely out there.