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Main Street ~ Galena, Illinois by Nadya Johnson

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Galena, Illinois (USA)

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You almost never see Main Street in Galena without cars! But at 7 in the morning, almost nothing’s open yet…

Galena, situated at the farthest northwest corner on the state of Illinois adjacent to Wisconsin and Iowa, is a popular spot with tourists and nearby residents alike. Founded in 1828, it has a long history both as a mining town (“galena” refers to tailings from the lead mines) and a major steamboat port. Ulysses S. Grant made his home here (you can tour his house, today); and many people of historical renoun have passed through its hotels and streets; Mark Twain and Abe Lincoln, to name two.

Most of the buildings on Main Street, like most of the older homes date from the mid-1800’s and are on the list of Registered Historic Buildings. Main Street wasn’t built for cars, so it’s a rare treat to see it “almost” like it used to be, as pictured here.

Taken with my Panasonic Lumix

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  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardabout 3 years ago

    Galena is such a pretty town. Beautiful shot with the sunshine Nadya!

  • Thank you, Sheryl! We had an early appointment with the vet so we went to breakfast. I could not believe it – no cars on Main Street! What a treat. LOL! (It didn’t last, especially with the Christmas shopping crowd!)

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52about 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Nadya, and a Very Merry Xmas to you.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Thanks so much, Jude! And a Very Merry Christmas to you and yours, as well!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Great place and capture.

  • Thank you, Judy!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Sunchia
    Sunchiaabout 3 years ago

    Galena is rock sometimes seen in crystal shops, yes? Beautiful photograph.

  • Thank you, Raphael! Yes, galena refers to a mineral (usually left behind when mining lead).

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Ogre
    Ogreabout 3 years ago

    Rare sight, indeed! Such a great place to explore. :))

  • Thank you Claude!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 3 years ago

    This is very pretty..

  • Thrilled to be featured, Lori! Thanks!!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanabout 3 years ago

    A beautiful street scene that brings back memories of a simpler life!

  • Thank you Monnie!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellabout 3 years ago

    Brilliant street shot!

  • Thank you, Svetlana!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleabout 3 years ago

    December 24th, 2011
    Wonderul image Nadya. I love it!

  • Ethna Gillespie
    Ethna Gillespieabout 3 years ago

    Great shot! I can see why it’s popular with tourists.

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