Visit Galesburg, Illinois
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Timeline from 1826-1892
This survey of Knox College history was prepared by Grant Forssberg '09 for a special research project on College history. Click on photos to view larger images and on related links to learn more about the people, places, and events that have impacted Knox College over the years.
Chicagoans seeking a different kind of getaway can hop aboard an Amtrak train, travel in comfort through the Illinois countryside and arrive in Galesburg relaxed and ready to explore. In less than three hours you'll be experiencing our clean air, wide open spaces and friendly people.
Worried about getting around Galesburg?
No worries. The Galesburg Amtrak station is just 2 blocks from the Seminary Street Historic Commercial District, 3 blocks from Knox College and a short 6 block walk from the center of town. We also have an Enterprise Rent-a-Car office right next to the Amtrak station. Want to bring your bicycle and explore Knox County's uncrowded country roads? The Carl Sandburg and Illinois Zephyr trains allow you to check-on your bike!
Four times a day...
passenger trains with storied names such as the Illinois Zephyr and the Southwest Chief depart from Union Station in Chicago. You can leave first thing in the morning, depart mid afternoon or leave right after work. Spend a long weekend and catch one of the four returning trains back to Chicago each day.
Sit back and relax.
Train travel is more relaxing than driving. You can sit back, sip a cold beverage and watch the rural landscape pass by your window. Compare that with dodging semis on the Eisenhower Expressway.
And a train trip to Galesburg is incredibly inexpensive - as little as $20 per person, each way. For more details, or to book a nostalgic train trip to Galesburg, visit amtrak.com.
A historic city set in the beautiful prairieland of West Central Illinois, Galesburg is rich in the "quality of life" features so important to us all today. The city has preserved the open friendliness of the small community of settlers who, in 1837, moved west to the unbroken prairie to bring learning to the Illinois frontier.
Nestled comfortably on gently rolling landscape, surrounded by miles of the country's most fertile agricultural land, Galesburg remains connected to its roots, visible in the charming Victorian homes and broad, tree-lined, brick-paved streets of its Historic District. At the same time, the city has continued to grow and change with the times.
Whether you are here for business or pleasure, the Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's professional staff is available to provide guidance and assistance to ensure you feel welcome.
You can reach us for more details about our attractions and events by calling us at 309-343-2485 or 1.800-916-3330, by e-mailing us at [email protected].
This congregation was organized in 1906 and purchased this building from St. John's Episcopal Church, which was built in 1891 and situated on the SE corner of Kellogg & Ferris Streets. The building has undergone extensive remodeling several times during their history and contains a Möller pipe organ with 30+ ranks. This church serves as the home to community services throughout the Holy Week.
The first American Methodist Society organized in Galesburg in 1847. After a series of moves precipitated by fire, this church built on its present location in 1911 at the NW corner of Kellogg & Ferris Streets. The church sanctuary has beautiful stain glass windows.