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DeSoto House Marker – Galena, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 42° 24.874 W 090° 25.799
15T E 711462 N 4699006
Quick Description: Historical marker located on the exterior brick wall of the DeSoto House, where Abraham Lincoln once spoke from its balcony.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 7/16/2013 7:03:18 PM
Waymark Code: WMHJT9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Corp Of Discovery
Views: 6

Long Description:
Inscription: “DeSoto House. Opened in April 1855, the five-story 240 room DeSoto House was the largest and most luxurious hotel in the west. Abraham Lincoln spoke from its balcony in 1856 and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858. Ulysses S. Grant maintained his 1868 presidential campaign headquarters here. By 1880 Galena’s prosperity had faded and the hotel’s upper two stories were removed. –Erected by the Illinois State Historical Society, 1959.”

If you are lucky, you might see General Grant himself walking by - we were lucky.

Galena is a wonderful place to visit for its history, good food and quaint shops.
Location Type: Historic Marker

Property Type: Private

Date of Event: 1856

Location Notes:
230 Main Street, at its intersection with Green Street. It is mounted on the southeast corner of the DeSoto House Hotel.

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