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Popular tourist area; most of the community lies within a National Register Historic District.

Galena is a city in Jo Daviess County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the presence of lead ore.

The latitude of Galena is 42.416N. The longitude is -90.428W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 633 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 3,459.


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Median household income
Local
$36,103
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Galena demographic reports
Galena is on the Galena River, near the Mississippi.
Former and merged names include:
· Fever River
· Frederic's Point
· January's Point
· La Pointe
Booming mining district in the first half of the 19th century. The local economy declined with the advent of railroads. But, in recent years, tourism has increased.
Nine native sons, including Ulysses S. Grant, rose to the rank of general during the Civil War
Ranked No. 2 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Filming location for:
· 1989 movie, "Field of Dreams"
Well-known residents have included:
· President Ulysses S. Grant
Local festivals include:
  • Galena Country Fair - Oct. 6-7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Galena web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Chestnut Mountain Resort, Recreation Park
Wildlife: Bald eagles are a common site in the area, particularly in winter

Historic sites and museums: Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site, Galena/Jo Daviess County History Museum, Vinegar Hill Historic Lead Mine & Museum, Washburne House State Historic Site, Old Market House
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Galena demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Jo Daviess County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 61036 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

36% of Galena residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Galena ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Galena was $19,773, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

17% of Galena residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Galena include Galena Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Galena, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $352.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $865.


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Libraries in Galena include Galena Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Galena include Galena Gazette

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Politics

Jo Daviess County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Galena political report.

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Galena restaurants taking online reservations include Fried Green Tomatoes, Vinny Vanucchi's ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Galena workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Galena include Best Western, Country Inn & Suites, Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort, Longhollow Point Condominiums, Ramada Hotel & Day Spa Galena, Stoney Creek Inn.

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Galena, IL

Pros: Small, but sophisticated historic community located in the NW corner of Illinois...

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