Dubuque and the tri-states woke up to a severe spring snowstorm on Saturday. The storm provided a stunning winter's farewell just two weeks into spring—the three-plus inches of snow accumulation blanketed the landscape from Balltown to Bellevue and Dyersville to Dickeyville.

Venturing out into the snowstorm of April 2, 2022.
Venturing out into the snowstorm of April 2, 2022.
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Galena, Illinois, saw significant early morning snow, so I ventured to witness how the white stuff falling from the sky would transform the historic town into a winter wonderland.

 

Historic Galena home. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Historic Galena home. Photo Credit: Keith B.
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Imagine Galena inside a cool smalltown snowglobe being shaken and set down. That's as good an analogy as I can muster, and I believe it hits the mark.

The following are pictures taken during my morning walking adventures around historic Galena, IL, on Saturday, April 2nd.

The Ulysses S. Grant Home. Home. Photo Credit: Keith B.
The Ulysses S. Grant Home. Home. Photo Credit: Keith B.
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I veered off of U.S. Highway 20 to Bouthillier St. to stop by and see what was happening at the past home of Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War general and later 18th President of the United States.

 

Grant Home. Photo Credit: K. Breitbach
Grant Home. Photo Credit: K. Breitbach
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Grant was Galena's most famous and revered citizen, along with the eight other Civil War Generals who also called Galena home. It's quite a remarkable contribution by a community of fewer than 10,000 people made to the entire nation.

 

Neighboring Home. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Neighboring Home. Photo Credit: Keith B.
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I will share more on Galena's remarkable storied past and present-day revival.

 

Grant Park, Galena, Illinois. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Grant Park.Photo Credit: Keith B.
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Located on the eastern side of the river sits Grant Park, perched atop a small hill overlooking the river, railroad tracks, walking trail, and town. It's a pleasant park with a pretty cool gazebo and a General Ulysses S. Grant statue, but the snow has a dramatic effect.

 

Pedestrian Bridge. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Pedestrian Bridge. Photo Credit: Keith B.
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The Grant Park Pedestrian Bridge across the river to downtown is a fun way to get a good view of the remarkable scenery.

 

Grant Park Pedestrian Bridge. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Grant Park Pedestrian Bridge. Photo Credit: Keith B.
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The town was waking up, but many cars were already lining what is widely considered one of the best-preserved and most vibrant Main Streets in America.

 

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Historic Mainstreet is busy pushing the snow from the sidewalk to the street. Denise Spielberg was hard at work readying the place for the many people visiting the town for the weekend.

 

Downtown Galena. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Downtown Galena. Photo Credit: Keith B.
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Galena is a pretty quirky and fun town to explore. It's perhaps the best-preserved 19th-century city in America while also having become one of the most vibrant tourist towns in middle America today. Adding to that acclaim is the fact that it also boasts a storied past that played pivotal roles in American history.

 

Log Cabin Steakhouse. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Log Cabin Steakhouse. Photo Credit: Keith B.
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The snow kept piling up, so I ventured to explore some of the staircases traversing the hills towering over the town.

 

Dowling House. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Dowling House. Photo Credit: Keith B.
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Enjoy some of the other angles and architecture that caught my eye.

 

Dowling House. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Photo Credit: Keith B.
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The Dowling House.

 

One of the towns many hidden starecases. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Photo Credit: Keith B.
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One of the town's many hidden staircases.

 

Specialty shops line Main St. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Photo Credit: Keith B.
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Locally owned shops line Galena's Historic Main St.

 

 

Pretty much every home it town is preserved. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Pretty much every home in town is preserved. Photo Credit: Keith B.
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The town's preservation is remarkable. 

Houses sit atop the hills. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Photo Credit: Keith B.
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Houses sit atop the hills.

 

It has a cool river running through it. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Photo Credit: Keith B.
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Galena has a pretty cool river running through it.

 

Plus cool staircases to climb. Who needs a gym? Photo Credit: Keith B.
Photo Credit: Keith B.
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Plus alluring staircases to climb.

 

Galena is a fun town to explore. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Photo Credit: Keith B.
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Who needs a gym?

 

Galena Steeple. Photo Credit: Keith B.
Galena Steeple. Photo Credit: Keith B.
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It was a fun morning exploring Galena, Illinois after the early spring day of April 2, 2022. I hope you enjoyed the picture tour. Thanks for listening to the Good Morning Rodeo from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on 103WJOD.  

Go to VisitGalena.org to learn more.

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