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Galena in Jo Daviess County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The De Soto House

 
 
The De Soto House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 12, 2014
1. The De Soto House Marker
Inscription. Opened in April, 1855, the five-story, 240 room De Soto 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 two upper stories were removed.
 
Erected 1959 by Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 24.876′ N, 90° 25.797′ W. Marker is in Galena, Illinois, in Jo Daviess County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Green Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 S Main St, Galena IL 61036, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ulysses S. Grant Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Point Of Beginning (approx. 6.5 miles away in Wisconsin); St. Augustine Church (approx. 9.6 miles away in Wisconsin); Father Samuel Mazzuchelli
The De Soto House Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 12, 2014
2. The De Soto House Hotel
(approx. 11 miles away in Wisconsin); The Old Chicago Stageroad (approx. 12.8 miles away in Wisconsin); Wisconsin Lead Region (approx. 13.7 miles away in Wisconsin); Historical Badger Park (approx. 14.6 miles away in Wisconsin); Badger Mine – Badger Lot Diggings (approx. 14.6 miles away in Wisconsin).
 
Also see . . .  DeSoto House Hotel. (Submitted on March 12, 2014.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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