"Opened in April, 1855, the five-story 240-room DeSoto 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 (a Galena native) maintained his 1868 presidential campaign headquarters here. By 1880, Galena's prosperity had faded and the hotel's two upper floors were removed."
Verbiage from a plaque on the DeSoto House Hotel, erected by the Illinois State Historical Society in 1959.
Given the cloudy overcast that day, I debated going with either a "black and white" or "antique" filter, but kept the color.
Photo captured October 14, 2018.
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