"One popular description of Galena as "the town that time forgot," partially explains the retention of Galena's historic environment. The old shuttered, brick and limestone buildings which exemplify Galena's character were built at a time when the city was the lead mining capital of the world, the major commercial port on the upper Mississippi, and the wealthiest city in the State of Illinois. At the peak, Galenians boasted of a population of over 14,000, and they built homes, institutions, and commercial buildings that were sturdy, handsome, and meant to last."   


Galena Dowling House Guided Tours

Galena's oldest house, Dowling House, was built in 1826 by John Dowling. Built of limestone, it was once the only trading post in the city.  The Dowling House was equipped with primitive living quarters and hosted many fur traders in years past. Tour guides provide a complete history of the development of the City of Galena and Dowling House while you browse through quaint artifacts from the early nineteenth century. For more information call (815) 777-1250. Be sure to ask about discount tickets when purchased in combination with Galena Trolley Tours and the Belvedere Mansion and Gardens.

Dowling House 220 Diagonal Street, Galena, Illinois, 61036  815-777-1250

Galena Trolley Tours

Galena Trolley Tours, and its  6 cherry-red trolley cars, offer daily narrated tours of the community's historical attracions, galleries, boutiques and antique stores from late spring till late fall. Your tour begins at 314 South Main Street, Galena, Illinois, 61036  815-777-1248 or toll free 877-GALENA1.

Galena Trolley Depot Theater

The Galena Trolley Depot Theater presents live shows in a prestine 135-seat theater from late spring through late fall. Show schedules are available at the box office and may include a live rock and roll music revue, and an interpretation of the life of author and Mississippi River aficionado Mark Twain in dialogue and song presented by Jim Post. Be sure to take in their special events while you visit Galena.