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Galena named among top 12 American heritage tourism destinations     Send a link to a friend

[MARCH 12, 2004]  GALENA -- Galena has been named one of "America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as part of a push to promote heritage tourism in the United States.

"We applaud the National Trust for recognizing Galena as a historic jewel," said Maynard Crossland, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers two historic sites in Galena and one in nearby Elizabeth. "By placing Galena on this prestigious list, the National Trust is encouraging people from across the nation to visit this city and be inspired by its history and architecture."

The National Trust's fifth annual "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" list encourages people to make these communities alternate vacation destinations because they symbolize an increasing dedication to historic preservation and celebrate the unique heritage of the people and places that established our diverse nation.

Galena, located at the far northwestern corner of Illinois, boasts a population of 3,600 and appears to have been lifted right out of the mid-1800s, with its spectacular architecture nestled among postcard-perfect hills. Among its top tourist attractions are the Ulysses S. Grant Home, which was presented in 1865 to the famous Galena resident and future U.S. president when he returned home from the Civil War, and the Old Market House, the 1846 commercial and government building in the center of town. Both are open for free public tours Wednesday through Sunday and are operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.


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A short distance down the road is the reconstructed Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, scene of an 1830s Black Hawk War battle. It is also open Wednesday through Sunday and is operated by Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Other communities on this year's National Trust list are: Astoria, Ore.; Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Guthrie, Okla.; Lewisburg, W.Va.; Macon, Ga.; Marshall, Mich.; Napa, Calif.; New Paltz, N.Y.; Newport, R.I.; Oberlin, Ohio; and Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting the irreplaceable. For more information, visit their website at

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency operates more than 60 historic sites and memorials, develops history education programs and publications for elementary to postgraduate students and teachers, operates the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and oversees state and federal historic preservation programs in Illinois. For more information, visit

[Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
news release]

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