Visit Galesburg, Illinois
Twenty miles north. Restored Swedish settlement from the mid-1800s, with restaurants, shops and historical buildings.
Completed in 1885, the church has a 150' spire and neo-Gothic architecture. Only ten Catholic churches in the U.S. have a saint’s body, and Corpus Christi houses the holy relic of St. Crescent, taken out of the catacombs in Rome in 1838.
The Orpheum Theatre opened in 1916 after a construction cost of $135,000. Originally built as a vaudeville house, the Orpheum hosted many early stars of stage and screen, including Jack Benny, George Burns, Harry Houdini, Al Jolson, Edgar Bergen, Fanny Brice and Blackstone the Magician.
The cornerstone of this sandstone building was laid in 1884 and construction was completed in 1886 at a cost of $150,000. The ornate details are typical of the Romanesque period. To the west of the Court House is Standish Park Arboretum with over 170 trees and shrubs.
Experience railroading of the early 1900s at the new Galesburg Railroad Museum building that sits next to the Amtrak Depot. The building holds an extensive collection of railroad memorabilia on view for the public to see. Take a tour through the restored passenger engine built in 1930 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, a fully-outfitted car used by the Railway Mail Service and Railway Express Agency, a Pullman parlor car, caboose and two 1950’s inspection cars outfitted with track maintenance tools.
Galesburg is an Amtrak city with daily service to downtown Chicago and many other destinations. For Amtrak fares and reservations, call your travel agent, or Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com.
Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born here in a three room cottage on January 6, 1878. From these humble beginnings, Sandburg went on to achieve international acclaim for his poetry, children’s stories, and a six volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. A Visitors’ Center and gift shop is located next to the birthplace. Be sure to walk through the wooded park and perennial garden where the ashes of Carl Sandburg and his wife lie beneath “Remembrance Rock.” Quotation Walk leads you through the garden with famous quotes from Carl Sandburg’s writings engraved in the stepping stones.
Seminary Street Historic Commercial District is one of the Midwest's stunning success stories in downtown restoration. Buildings once nearly abandoned now thrive with restaurants, distinctive specialty shops, a day spa, coffee roastery and a bakery. Antiques and collectibles from some of the Midwest's finest dealers can be found at The Galesburg Antiques Mall in the historically restored building on the corner of Main and Seminary Streets. 309.342.1000.
This is the most common type of Victorian house. This style combines many elements of all the different styles. Most houses have one style that is predominant with different styles mixed in. Builders liked to blend styles seeking originality and harmony. The Victorians recognized that a building had to both serve a function and be pleasing to the eye at the same time.