The Galena Territory (9 miles E) was founded in 1967 by the Branigar Organization. The Galena Territory is well known for its golf courses, along with hiking, fishing, boating, skiing, sledding, skating, tennis and riding opportunities. thegalenaterritory.com
Scales Mound (12 miles NE), founded in 1853, had its roots in 1830 when Samuel Scales purchased a claim near the “Jesus Saves” rock. Scales opened up a tavern, and the area became known as Scales Mound. 90-percent of the town is on the National Register of Historic Places. scalesmound.com
Elizabeth (15 miles SE) can be found in one of the most breathtaking areas of Illinois. An important feature of the town is the Apple River Fort, built in 1832, which held out against an attack from the Indian chief Blackhawk. The village is also the home of the Chicago Great Western Railway Depot and Museum and the 1876 Banwarth House and Museum. elizabeth-il.com
East Dubuque (15 miles NW) was first settled by French explorers in 1787. Anthropologists unearthed human bones and artifacts in the many burial mounds located high on the bluff
The Apple River Fort, located in Elizabeth, was the site of an attack by the American Indian chief Blackhawk.
in 1857. Despite national Prohibition, the highest town in Illinois. The Kraft East Dubuque remained “wet” until 1919. Locals say thirsty Iowans bought their liquor here and trundled it across the foot bridge in whatever the local officials wouldn’t suspect. cityofeastdubuque.com
Apple Canyon Lake (18 miles E) was developed in 1969 by the Branigar Organization. The dam, which created the lake, was constructed in 1975. Activities include water sports, camping and golf. applecanyonlake.org
Hanover (18 miles S) was established in 1837. The Apple River runs through the center of the town. Today Hanover is known as the “Mallard Capital of the World,” especially since Whistling Wings, the world’s largest mallard duck hatchery, is located there. Fishing and hunting are two popular activities in Hanover. hanover-il.com
Apple River (21 miles NE) grew along with the Illinois Central Railroad in 1854. The town was known as a farming community and a shipping mecca for minerals. Three churches built in the 1870s–Methodist, Catholic and Presbyterian–still stand.
Stockton (28 miles E) with its average elevation of over 1,000 feet, is
Brothers set up their first cheese plant on the west edge of town in 1914. Nearly a century later, Kraft General Foods is one of the country’s major food companies, with the majority of its Swiss cheese produced in Stockton. stocktonil.com
Savanna (32 miles S) is best known for the Army Depot. The depot, established in 1918, was used for several munitions-related purposes, including manufacturing, testing and storing of different types of weapons. The site’s military use was gradually phased out and the depot closed in March of 2000. It is now the Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge. Take time to visit Palisades State Park, Great Mississippi River Bike Trail and take advantage of fantastic bird watching opportunities–perfect for fall foliage tours too. savanna-il.com
Warren (27 miles NE) population 1,600, grew with the arrival of the Illinois Central Railroad. Alexander Burnett and Freeman Tisdel founded Warren in 1853 and named it after the first son of Captain Burnett. Be sure to attend the Pumpkin Festival the last full weekend of September.
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