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Apple River

Located on historic Stagecoach Trail, once an actual stagecoach route between Chicago and Galena, Apple River was established by the Illinois Central Railroad in 1854. The village is surrounded by thriving dairy farms and fields planted with soy beans and corn, reflecting the atmosphere and charm of rural Illinois. The village is located six miles north of the 297-acre Apple River Canyon State Park, which features fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, the Millville historic site and a deep canyon that was preserved when the glaciers of the last Ice Age bypassed the region. Also nearby are the beautifully landscaped grounds of Oak Hill farm, a popular location for destinations weddings. The property is home to a charming, restored 1860s church that seats 200 and a resorted one-room schoolhouse that was built in the 1850s. Southeast of Apple River is a thriving resort community surrounding the 480-acre Apple Canyon Lake, with the county’s only waterfront restaurant, with boats available for rent and a challenging nine-hole public golf course.

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East Dubuque

East Dubuque clings to the Mississippi bluffs and spreads along its flats. In 1943, the Julien Dubuque Bridge, named for one of the community’s first settlers, was built across the river to Dubuque, Iowa. At 7,392 feet in length, it remains one of the longest tied-arch and cantilevered spans ever built. The city sports public marinas, restaurants, lodging, a seasonal farmers’ market, lively pubs left over from Prohibition and the 45-hole Lacoma Golf Course. The seasonal Dunleith Park District and Pool features picnic tables, grills, restrooms, a playground and a swimming pool. Some of East Dubuque’s first permanent settlers are laid to rest in the Frentress Family Cemetery. While there visit Gramercy Park, the site of 26 ceremonial and burial mounds from the Hopewell Native American culture.

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The town, billed as “The Heart of Jo Daviess County,” was originally settled because of its valuable lead deposits. Now, the village of Elizabeth prospers as an active agricultural center. Its Washington Street is lined with six lead miners’ cottages, homes that pre-date the Civil War. Despite the addition of porches and other rooms, each structure retains its original box-like core on a stone foundation. The 1894 Commercial Hotel on Myrtle Street served as the dinner stop for the Chicago Great Western Railway’s overnight train between Chicago and Minneapolis during the 1920s. The village is also the site of the reconstructed Apple River Fort, the only fort in the county attacked during the 1832 Black Hawk War. One theory holds that the village was named after Elizabeth Armstrong, a woman who helped rally the men during the attack on the Apple River Fort. Today, visitors will find a historic downtown offering antiques and collectibles shops and a 1800s railroad depot/history museum. The Apple River Fort and its nearby interpretive center, casual restaurants and pubs and storefront studios and galleries of local artists make Elizabeth worth a visit.

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From the early to mid-1800s, Galena became a mining, smelting and steam boating center and one of the busiest ports on the Mississippi River. During the Civil War, nine Union Army generals hailed from Galena, including Ulysses S. Grant, later the country’s 18th president. But the arrival of the Illinois Central Railroad in 1854 began the city’s decline and it became a quiet, backwater town. Luckily, Galena was rediscovered in the 1960s by preservationists who restored her grand old buildings and timeless beauty. Now this charming city on the Galena River delights visitors with its 19th century history and architecture, trolley rides, eclectic shops, great food, local wines and a wide range of lodging, including more than 30 B&Bs. Just outside of Galena is the home of Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, Illinois’ largest golf resort. Its home, the residential and recreational community of The Galena Territory, with 6,800 acres offers residents and guests to the Territory amenities such as fishing, hiking, boating and horseback riding.


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Located on the Apple River, Hanover is the “Mallard Capital of the World” where Whistling Wings, the world’s largest mallard duck hatchery, annually supplies hundreds of thousands of ducks to restaurants, wildlife refuges and research facilities around the globe. It also hatched the village’s annual “Mallardfest” more than 25 years ago. Nearby Crescent Falls Dam is now the site of a modern industrial plant, a former woolen mill that supplied much of World War II’s khaki uniform material. The town’s oldest standing building can be found along Jefferson Street, a brick structure that was built in 1844 and now houses a local supermarket. Hanover also features antiques shops, casual dining, a family-owned winery and a seasonal farmers’ market, with the 18-hole Storybrook Country Club golf course nearby. Between Hanover and Galena is Chestnut Mountain Resort. Chestnut, with a 475-foot vertical drop running 3,500 feet, is Illinois’ only ski resort. Skiers and snowboarders enjoy their 19 runs and the Midwest’s largest terrain park.

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Scales Mound

A full 90 percent of the village of Scales Mound is encompassed within a National Register Historic District and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Its proximity to the Wisconsin border and Charles Mound, the highest elevation in Illinois at 1,235 feet, has born the proud slogan: “At the Top of Illinois.” The present village was begun in 1853 when the Illinois Central Railroad arrived, with most of the houses built by retired miners and farmers, many from England and Germany. The village was named after Samuel Scales, a veteran of the Black Hawk War, who was successful in mining, racing horses, steam boating and ownership in a dry goods store. The historic 1885 town hall is now used for a variety of events.

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Stockton is the birthplace of the Kraft Corporation, with the first cheese plant opened here by J.L. Kraft in 1914. The building now houses the Stockton Cheese Company, producer of Kraft Swiss cheese. The village also boasts a small but thriving downtown historic district. A landmark building recognized by the state for outstanding historic restoration of a 1890s building and the Stockton Heritage Museum anchors the downtown. A seasonal farmers’ market, the Stockton Park and Pool, eclectic shops, pubs and restaurants and Black Hawk Run Golf Course make Stockton a vibrant village. As Illinois’ highest town above sea level, Ice Age glaciers came to a halt in Stockton. When visitors head west through town along Highway 20, they can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the unglaciated landscape.

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Warren grew up at the intersection of two stagecoach routes and the Illinois Central Railroad. It was named after Warren Burnett, the son of founder Alexander Burnett, as well as Burnett’s hometown in Pennsylvania. The 1851 limestone pre-Civil War Old Stone Hotel, now the Warren Community Building, once served stagecoaches and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It also hosted prominent visitors such as Ulysses S. Grant, a resident of nearby Galena, on multiple occasions. Nearby, a restored 150-year old hotel is now a restaurant and Major League outfielder Abner Dalrynple was laid to rest in a local cemetery on Jan. 25, 1939, when he died at the age of 81. Warren holds its annual Pumpkin Festival, with a big parade, arts and crafts, and fall produce, on the last September weekend. The village is also the site of the Jo Daviess County Fair, the oldest county fair in the state of Illinois, held in late July/early August.

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