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Galesville in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Gale College Historic District

 
 
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Photographed By Keith L, June 19, 2013
1. Gale College Historic District Marker
Inscription.  Founded in 1854, Galesville University (later known as Gale College) was one of the earliest institutions of higher education in Wisconsin and a notable attempt to bring higher education to the newly recognized state. Affiliated with four different religious denominations over its nearly 150-year history, Gale College played an important role in the history of higher education in Wisconsin.

George Gale (1816-1868) was born in Vermont and came to practice law in Wisconsin in 1841. He was a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1847-48, and later served as a state senator and circuit judge. In 1853, Judge Gale purchased a large tract of land in the area and platted Galesville in 1854. That same year he received a charter to establish a college in Galesville and the first classes were held in 1859. Designed by a local architect and built with locally quarried limestone. Main Hall (1859-1862) is typical of the early Italianate style.

Originally associated with the Methodist-Episcopal Church, the college was later operated by the Presbyterian Church from 1877 until 1901. The Lutheran Church took over in 1901 and
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built two large dormitories. The tan brick St. Joseph's Hall (1906) has neo-Classical decorative elements. The George Gale gravesite is located directly behind St. Joseph's Hall. The red brick St. Ann's Hall (1915) is an interpretation of the Collegiate Gothic style. However, the college closed in 1939 due to declining enrollment.

In 1941, the Society of Mary purchased the property and renamed the college Marynook. The Catholic brothers operated the buildings as a novitiate and built the rough-cut limestone St. Mary's Hall (1965). Later, Marynook became an ecumenical retreat center. In 1995, the entire former Gale College campus and buildings were purchased by the City of Galesville. The Gale College Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Erected 2009
Wisconsin Historical Society

 
Erected 2009 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 531.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
 
Location. 44° 4.762′ N, 91° 22.043′ W. Marker is in Galesville
Gale College Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 19, 2013
2. Gale College Historic District Marker
, Wisconsin, in Trempealeau County. Marker is on College Avenue west of South Twelfth Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20869 South 12th Street, Galesville WI 54630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John F. Cance / Galesville Area Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Ridge Avenue Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Downtown Galesville Historic District (approx. one mile away); Galesville (approx. one mile away); Galesville Bridge (approx. one mile away); Decorah Peak (approx. 2.3 miles away); The McGilvray "Seven Bridges Road" (approx. 5 miles away); The Mississippi River Parkway: (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galesville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gale College. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 22, 2013.) 

2. Galesville University. History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, 1917. (Submitted on June 22, 2013.) 
 
Additional keywords. Old Main Historical & Community Arts Center
 
Gale College Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 19, 2013
3. Gale College Historic District Marker
Gale College and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 19, 2013
4. Gale College and Marker
National Register of Historic Places #84004020
Old Main Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 19, 2013
5. Old Main Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 740 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 22, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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