Introduction to Galesburg, Illinois
George Washington Gale founded the present day City of Galesburg. In fact, the area was named after Gale as a tribute to its founder. The first settler of the area arrived in 1836. The first anti - slavery society of Illinois was founded in Galesburg in 1837. The area also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Galesburg was the hometown of Carl Sandburg, renowned author, poet, and historian.
Galesburg and nearby Attractions
- Galesburg Railroad Museum
- Lake Storey Recreational Area
- Carl Sandburg Historic Site
- Illinois Citizen Soldier Museum
- Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area
- Discovery Depot Children's Museum
Things To Do In Galesburg
During your stay in Galesburg, you can visit the Lakeside Water Park, Lancaster Park, and Lake Storey Beach. The city also offers a number of picnic shelters and gazebos. Camping can be enjoyed at the Allison Campground. The Bunker Links Golf Course offers an 18 holes golf course. The Galesburg Civic Art Center Museum, Galesburg Railroad Museum, and Discovery Depot Children's Museum are also worth visiting. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Sandburg Mall and Bridlecreek Shopping Center.
International air transportation is available from Quad City International Airport.
Galesburg Higher Education
Carl Sandburg College and Knox College are the local colleges.