1. Old High School from a Distance [taken from Grant Park.
2. Close up of the Old High School.
3. Photo of steps that lead up to the Old High School
One of the most impressive sights is to see the Old High School atop the hillside looking down on the beautiful small town of Galena.
On our Trolley Tour, we learned some interesting facts about this beautiful building.
It was built in 1905 after the previous school burned down. They stopped using this school in 1980.
They sold the school, and it was converted into condominiums called Galena Green Condominiums.
They are so named because they are located on Green and Commerce Streets.
What spectacular views they have of the town!
Another bit of information that the tour guide told us was the steep steps called "the high school steps" that the students had to climb to and from school each day. I'll bet there were not too many "chubby" students during that time period!
One of the most baffling sites in Galena would be the Old Stockage on the Cobblestone Street.
It's a log-built structure that was used as a refuge for the women and children of Galena during the Blackhawk War . Inside are historical displays of Galena's history from 1820's. The original building was constructed in French style using upright timbers and with a stone cellar.
It was purchased in 1998 and restored by using and 1890 photo. Federal and state preservation incentives helped with the total restoration. Today there is an apartment upstairs and tours by appointment are done downstairs.
It's open every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm
1. A very humorous sign at the bottom of the Cobblestone Street announcing the Old Stockage on the Cobblestone Street
2. The Cobblestone Street itself.
I walked up and down this street [no easy feat because of the age and condition of the cobblestones] and never figured out where the structure actually is. appearance.
A disappointment for us on this trip is not being able to climb the Observation Tower off Highway 20 near our Time Share. We had read that the most spectacular views of the landscape and countryside was from atop this tower.
So, on a bright Thursday morning, we drove the three miles down Highway 20 from our Time Share, and eagerly awaited the climb. I took photos from every angle of the outside of the structure. When we arrived up close, there was a sign indicating that it was closed to the public because of repairs. Also, it was blockaded so that it was virtually impossible to climb.
1. The Observation Tower taken from the top up.
2. The countryside scene from nearby taken from ground level.
3. The unfortunate CLOSED sign.
4. The Great River Road Map.
The exposed stones on this old cobblestone street probably date back to the early 1830 (the stockcade on the left dates from 1832.) Walking around town must have been quite a chore in those days and don't count on walking the old road today, it's railed off.
The Long House isn't all that great of an attraction since you can't even enter, but it is conveniently located outside the Ulysses S. Grant House so you might want to take a look .
The Longs were a family, and this is the house they lived in, preserved because it is typical of the homes of its time, circa 1850. The sign outside tells a little bit about the house, like how the work was done downstairs and the family of five slept upstairs.
Because Galena is built on a series of bluffs, the different elevations are only interconnected at certain points. Some of these points are for cars, and some are for pedestrians. Pedestrian trails are basically stairs! Galena has several pedestrian stairways you can climb for reason or pleasure. Once you climb, (and it really isn't that difficult, something like 170 steps on the flight I chose) you get a spectacular view of Galena and its environs. The only regret Ihad, was that it wasn't winter and all the trees and leaves got in the way!
Don't miss the 'Tri-State View' tower a few miles east of town along US-20. On a clear day one can see all the way into Wisconsin and Iowa, but the beautiful, rolling countryside of the immediate Driftless Region takes the prize. Note, it is not handicapped accessible.
Located on US 20, about a mile west of the river and traffic light. This is an artist gallery of sculpture and painting. The owners are the artist. Next door is the studio where they and several other artist work. The stone building is one of the original brewery's from the end of the 19th Century.
Hunting and Fishing,
Miniature Golf Courses,
Parks and Pools,
Skiing, Sledding,Skating and