Galena, Illinois was once the largest port on the Mississippi north of Saint Louis. It was instrumental in trade and lead mining. Today, visitors to Galena vacation rentals can still see where some of this mining occurred, though it is not as prominent now. By the mid-1800s, about 80 percent of lead mining was done in Galena, which has left it rather barren. After the early 20th century, things began to change in Galena, turning it into a place for vacationers and family reunions rather than a mining town. Galena house rentals make it possible for visitors to be comfortable.
If you cannot live without your pet on vacation, pet-friendly Galena rentals are perfect. These Galena vacation rentals allow small dogs or cats for a small fee. This way your entire family can stay at Galena house rentals, and you can save the costs of putting your pet in a kennel while you’re on vacation. Other amenities these houses offer include fully equipped kitchens, televisions and some have internet connections.
Besides the draw of pet-friendly Galena rentals, there are 150 miles of Galena Trail to enjoy. The trail and Coach Roads lead from Galena to Peoria; both are conveniently close to Galena house rentals. This path was notable during the 18th century when Native Americans and French fur trappers needed to move around the U.S. for business, trade and general life. A few minutes from Galena vacation rentals is the start of the trail and Galena’s Old Train Depot, with a map of the trail and local visitor center.
Galena house rentals are near the Belvedere Mansion, which was built by Russell Jones in 1857. The mansion has 22 rooms with decorative arts, Liberace’s estate items and draperies used in the film Gone with the Wind. Dowling House is the oldest house in the city and noteworthy for its original artifacts and woodwork. Admission for both can be combined for a full day of touring historical homes.