The view of Grant Park from across the Galena River in Galena, Illinois.
Grant Park is named after Ulysses S. Grant, who resided in Galena, Illinois for a good portion of his life.
He was the 18th President of the United States, Commanding General of the Army, soldier, international statesman, and author. During the American Civil War, Grant led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy with the supervision of President Abraham Lincoln. During the Reconstruction Era, President Grant led the Republicans in their efforts to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism, racism, and slavery.
This view is looking southeast across the Galena River toward Grant Park.
The concrete letters used to spell "GRANT PARK" built into the hillside were damaged in a mud slide during a severe storm in July of 2011. Dylan Einsweiler, of Galena Boy Scout Troop #95, restored the letters during 2013-2014 for his Eagle Scout project. The Galena Lumber Company, Lemfco, Inc. and the Galena Foundation donated materials and resources to complete the project. Over 25 individuals volunteered their time and services totaling over 500 hours.
Photo captured October 15, 2018.
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