A total of 85 percent of Galena buildings are enlisted in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Imagine this set inside the scenic beauty of the surrounding hills and valleys which provide a perfect backdrop untouched by time. One of the most scenic areas in the Midwest, Galena is a popular well-known tourist destination remembered for its history, historical architecture, skiing and golf resorts.
Originally inhabited by Sac and Fox Native Americans, the French came in here earlier than the American settlers who started arriving in the early 19th century. The Upper Mississippi Lead Mine District was established by the U.S. Congress in early 1800s paving way for an industrial boom still echoing within the City of Galena. After a sharp decline in demand for lead in the mid-19th century, the Galena lead mining industry eventually gave way to the California Gold Rush. Historical Galena has been home to nine American Civil War Generals, including Ulysses S. Grant who went on to become the 18th President of the United States of America.