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Galena, OH

The village of Galena is located in Delaware County and, as of 2010, has less than 700 residents. Originally called Zoar after a city of refuge in the Book of Genesis, Gilbert Carpenter founded Galena in 1816. When local residents requested a post office, it was prohibited due to the fact that the name Zoar already existed in another county. A local resident, Nathan Dustin, impulsively suggested the name Galena. It was accepted and the post office was established and has been in operation since 1834.

Galena has always been an agricultural type of village. Known for its saw mills, and water-powered natural resources, the village also maintained an “agricultural implement factory” from the 1860s-1920s, and a clay tile company in the 1890s. Galena has preserved its vintage character with the still-standing Masonic lodge hall built in 1826 and the Dustin Inn erected 2 years later. In 1873 Galena constructed a railway system and villagers obtained a collection of approximately $13,000 and a donation of land for the railroad depot. The line has since been abandoned.

In 1829 Galena’s founder established the first Methodist Church, however, in 1910 it was renovated into the Galena Village Hall, the location of all municipal offices. Approximately 15 years later, Mayor Willard F. Bennett allowed an electric company to provide street lighting to the village and electrical power to residents. During this time, a local marshal was also elected to protect the residents of Galena. However, a fire department was not created until 15 years later. Galena continues to remain “a quiet little village” to this day.

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