Welcome to historic Galena, IL, the masterpiece of the midwest. Steeped in history, Galena is often referred to as the “town time forgot”. Once the known as the busiest port between St. Paul and St. Louis, this town was known for its lead mining. Today, Galena is one of the top tourist destinations in the state of Illinois and offers residents diverse cultural experiences through art, recreation, history and architecture. It boasts stately mansions, cozy miner cottages and a Main Street lined with specialty shops, fine dining and lodging establishments. Galena is home to 3600 residents. With over 85 percent of the buildings listed on the national register of historic places, Galena is a natural beauty rich in history.