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Postcards from Galena
By William Wineke   - 04/29/2007

Wisconsin State Journal

More Info on This Book: Galena

If you haven't been to Galena, Ill., you owe it to yourself to visit.

The historic town, located just south of the Wisconsin border, became rich as a lead and zinc mining community and as the home of General and, later, President Ulysses S. Grant.

Most of its buildings, built on a steep hillside, remain and its downtown area has a charm pretty much unmatched. Needless to say, Galena has, over the decades, also been memorialized in picture postcards.

And that's where Kay Price and Marian Hendricks' book, "Galena" (Arcadia Publishing: $19.99), comes in.

The 128-page book is a compilation of dozens of postcards that tell the city's history.

We see cards featuring platoons of Boy Scouts, who have been coming to the city to visit Grant's statue since the early 1900s. We see a European fountain presented to the city by the Ladies Auxiliary in 1891 and a gazebo bandstand built in 1900.

We see lots of postcards memorializing Grant's home, a large brick structure on the city's outskirts, and, of course, we see church after church after church.

Steamboats used to serve the community and one of the postcards portrays the Arthur S, one of 10 steamboats that came to the city each day to transport lead ore. An accompanying text notes that "as the logging business stripped the hills of their trees, the dirt from the hillsides filled in the river with silt. The steamboats could no longer navigate through the narrowed channel."


Buy It Now: Galena $21.99




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