Southwest and Northeast of Downtown, Galesburg, Illinois

Heading southwest down Louisville Road, I spotted one of the grain elevators that line the train tracks in Galesburg. Now owned by ADM, it possesses one of the largest grain silos I have ever seen, at least in diameter. I worked my way back up on Monmouth Boulevard, which connects the center of town with…

Northwest of Downtown, Galesburg, Illinois

It’s always interesting to see a city such as Galesburg that is primarily a community of wood frame houses, its building materials brought south from the Northwoods by Chicago’s vast rail network. The house above is the first one north of the railroad tracks that separate the residential neighborhoods from downtown. Of course there are…

Around Downtown, Galesburg, Illinois

Whiting Hall the Italianate style building above and below, was originally part of Knox College and functioned as a women’s seminary. The central core is from 1854-7, with the east wing added in 1885 and the west wing added in 1895, when it received its current name. It is now senior housing. The Knox County…

Central Congregational Church, Galesburg, Illinois

As I mentioned yesterday, Central Congregational Church holds down the southwest corner of Central Square in Galesburg. It is easily the most beautiful example of Richardson Romanesque that I have seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a Congregationalist church still in business; I think every one…

Central Park, Galesburg, Illinois

Look at the above postcard from the late Nineteenth Century, with a view down Main Street, which we looked at yesterday. An intact, intimate urban space with even a streetcar going by. It’s not like that anymore. As we walk down Main Street in Galesburg, crossing over Cherry Street, we see the parking lots and…

Main Street, Galesburg, Illinois

We’ll be looking at Galesburg, Illinois for the next six days, as part of my continued examination of the cities and towns within the sphere of St. Louis’s economy. Located along the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, there is still a giant railyard going through the town in a northeast-southwest orientation southeast of downtown. Main…