Galena's other Historic Buildings


"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.

Dowling House 220 Diagonal Street, Galena, Illinois, 61036


Be sure to ask about our discount  when purchased combination tickets of the

Belvedere Mansion and the Dowling House.




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