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In XIX century Galena was very popular river town which owed its fortunes to local lead mines – the name “Galena” itself is Latin for lead sulfide. By its peak lead ore production in 1846, Galena produced more than 80 percent of the nation's total.

The second popularity of Galena is due to the fact that General Ulysses S. Grant, the later 18th president of the United States, lived here for some time.

During these boom years, several trains a day go between Chicago and Galena but today only freight trains pass through this station. Train Station called Old Train Depot became a home to the visitor center now because no more passenger trains.

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Additional Photos by Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 659 W: 10 N: 1972] (8317)
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