The De Soto House

The De Soto House (HM1DDT)

Location: Galena, IL 61036 Jo Daviess County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 24.876', W 90° 25.797'

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Opened in April, 1855, the five-story, 240 room De Soto 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 maintained his 1868 presidential campaign headquarters here. By 1880 Galena's prosperity had faded and the hotel's two upper stories were removed.
Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Illinois State Historical Society series
Year Placed1959
Placed ByIllinois State Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 9:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 711464 N 4699010
Decimal Degrees42.41460000, -90.42995000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 24.876', W 90° 25.797'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 24' 52.56" N, 90° 25' 47.82" W
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Area Code(s)815
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 226-398 S Main St, Galena IL 61036, US
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