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Mother Bickerdyke Statue

200 South Cherry Street, Galesburg, Illinois, 61401

Mary Ann Bickerdyke (July 19, 1817 – November 8, 1901), also known as Mother Bickerdyke, was a hospital administrator for Union soldiers during the American Civil War and a lifelong advocate for veterans. She was responsible for establishing 300 field hos ...

Allen Chapel AME Church

153 E Tompkins Street, Galesburg, Illinois, 61401

When Galesburg was settled in 1837, it was described as “a west-central Illinois town known for the Swedish immigrants and handful of Negro residents.”  Galesburg was also a railroad town--important for two types of railroads--the steam locomotive ...

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Alumni Hall - Knox College

Galesburg and Knox College are inseparable. A conversation about the history of this community cannot be had without talking about Knox College. They are joined for all eternity with a common origin and history. An important piece of that history is Alumn ...

Carl Sandburg State Historic Site

331 East Third Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401

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 Visito ...

Central Congregational Church

60 Public Square, Galesburg, IL, 61401

This imposing Richardsonian Romanesque church building, constructed in 1898 of dark red sandstone transported from Michigan, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has a number of magnificent rose windows, and is located on the site of ...

Corpus Christi Catholic Church

273 South Prairie Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401

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.

P.O. Box 1564, Galesburg, Illinois, 61401

The Galesburg Historical Society Museum is located in the Antique Mall. The Antique Mall is three floors of memorabilia and one of kind antiques. However, before enjoying the antiques, ride the elevator to the third floor and visit the museum provided ...

Galesburg Railroad Museum

211 South Seminary Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401

We are the Galesburg Railroad Museum, Inc. This brief history of the establishment of, and the equipment in, was prepared in 1996 by the Museum Board of Directors. It was done to preserve, in written form, when and how the Museum was formed, historical da ...

Knox County Court House

200 South Cherry Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401

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 tree ...

Lake Storey Recreational Area

Galesburg, IL, 61401

The 600 acres at Lake Storey Recreational Area offer year-round outdoor adventure. In the summer, rent a row boat, canoe or paddle boat to tour the lake, enjoy the waterslide, swim in the lake or relax on the beach, use the playground and picnic shelters, ...

Old Main - Knox College

1 E. South Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401

Old Main’s construction in 1857 reflected the prosperity that the new railroad began bringing to Galesburg three years earlier. It is the sole remaining original site of the great Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858. The debate was staged against the east wal ...

Orpheum Theatre

57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, 61401

The Theatre, showcasing nineteenth-century eclectic architecture, opened in 1916. While the facade is French Second Empire style, the interior features classic Corinthian columns. An Italian Renaissance plaster frieze graces the mezzanine hall, and French ...

Ronald Reagan Trail

1219 N Kellogg St, Galesburg, IL, 61401

Galesburg is one of a handful of communities linking the historical landmarks that played a vital role in Ronald Reagan's life in Illinois. Galesburg is also unique as it is the only place where both the former President and First Lady grew up in the same ...