Galena, Illinois is located in the Northwest corner of the state, just six miles south of the Wisconsin border and three miles East of the Mississippi River. Steeped in rich history and national significance, Galena has seen booms and busts - mostly the latter - since inception. Galena is nestled just inside the Driftless Area, which includes Southeast Wisconsin, Southwest Minnesota, Northeastern Iowa, and the very tip of Northwest Illinois. The area gets its name from the lack of glacial activity during the ice ages, which covered most of North America with glaciers. This region of the Upper Mississippi was spared the glaciers that flattened the Midwest, leaving a terrain of gently rolling hills covered with forests.
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