2013 Mining History Association Tours

 

Trolley Tours and Galena Museum

June 6-9, 2013

 

 

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Trolley tours of Galena, informal (do-it-yourself) walking tours, and admission to the Galena Museum were available to attendees throughout the conference.  During the middle of the week, the town had a quiet, laid back vibe reflecting that the tourist season had not yet kicked into high gear; however, on Saturday and Sunday, June 8th-9th, the town came alive with the Tour of Galena bicycle race.

The trolley tour provided an excellent way for MHAers to get an overview of Galena’s restored homes and commercial structures on both sides of the river. 

 

Much of Galena is built on the “high ground” above the once flood-prone Galena River.  Not having to climb the hills put smiles on the faces on MHAers on the trolley.

Mid-week on Main Street offered plenty of parking.  The historic De Soto House Hotel (left) was the headquarters for the 2013 conference.

 

 

The Tour of Galena bike race really brought out the weekend crowds.

The varied architecture of the preserved and restored buildings in downtown Galena makes a walking tour worthwhile.

 

The historic Dowling House is the oldest in Galena.  It was built in 1826.

 

The restored Old Market House now serves as a Welcome Center.

The historic Customs House is the oldest post office in the United States.


Photo Credits: Mike and Pat Kaas, Susan Canty

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