So yesterday Lauren and I decided to take a side trip to Galena, Il since our guidebook had written so eloquently about the town. Back in the 1840's the town was a boom town for lead mining and unlike the famous gold rushes of California everyone found lead and got rich digging it up. The result was a town full of the interesting homes and shops that the people built with their money. When the lead mines dried up though most of the town moved on (to those same California gold mines) leaving a ghost town of lavish homes. Since then the town has been restored to how it was in 1840 with great food and interesting places to explore.
After Galena we headed up to Minneapolis and I crossed the Mississippi Rover for the first time and now we are going to head out to South Dakota!