Towns Named Galena

The mineral galena is the primary ore in lead. Galena is often mined for its silver content. My favorite town with this name is in Illinois. I wrote about it in 2017 after a visit under the title “Galena Scores”. Scroll down after using the name Galena, Illinois, and you will find it among “Older Posts”. A town near 4,000 people, Galena is in the northwestern part of this generally flat state. What makes Galena unique is that it’s in the hilly part of Illinois. My family used to go to Galena to ski. I really enjoy its venerable DeSoto House hotel.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that there are between 16 and 18 towns with the name Galena around. At least 4 of them qualify to be ghost towns associated with mining, which makes sense. Geotargit and Geodatos tell me that there are several Galenas. Geotargit lists 20 places in the world with this name. Geodatos is more realistic. It targets 6 Galenas with populations and ignores the others, ghost towns included.

To get it out of the way, the Galena ghost towns are in Washington, South Dakota’s Black Hills, Colorado near Leadville, and Oklahoma. There are Galenas with varying populations in Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri. Perhaps the largest Galena is in Texas because Houston has a section called Galena Park with a population of about 11,000. The Kansas Galena is very close to the Missouri border while the Missouri Galena is near Springfield, MO. Their combined populations near 4,000 people. Geotargit says there are Galenas in Ohio, New York, Arkansas, Arizona and elsewhere.

There is one Galena in Canada. It’s in British Columbia. There are supposedly also Galenas in Brazil and Australia but I have not visited them.

There is even a Galena in Alaska. I have found it on a map but have not been there. It has a population of more than 400.

Hank

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