Saturday, July 28, 2007

historic preservation

When we visited Galena about 10 years ago it was apparent that time had taken it's toll of many of the old and historic structures. Preserving history and restoring properties takes time and money. On this trip to the town it was apparent that good fortune has allowed investors to invest both in projects aimed at saving and upgrading the older buildings.

Galena is not in need of a fancy fitness center because historic preservation can be hot, body building work.

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Of course you realize I do not, as a rule, post photos of partially clothed men, but this was the scene as a building was being restored. My point is that this work is actually healthy for you, so call today and get involved in a preservation project near you.

Another reason why there's no need for a gym in this town lies in the lay of the land. No stair stepper is required when groceries need to be carried up this sidewalk.

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Here is a glimpse of the streets, preserved in time. First is a brick street appeared:

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... this is the cobblestone, which had to provide quite a ride in a horse-drawn wagon.

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6 comments:

karl said...

what a cool place--so homey.

Lori said...

I love this place - would almost be worth climbing all those stairs.

KatKit13 said...

Love that Edward House. Wow. Gorgeous!

Nikki-ann said...

That seems quite a place. It's great to hear of preservation work going on. All too many places are being knocked down with new ugly buildings in their place. Those streets look pretty unique and I hope they stay that way.

Ava said...

Great pictures! And what a little "hottie" in that first one!!!

Leslie said...

Savannah, Georgia, has a very rough cobblestone road along the river. There are quaint shops there and street musicians and lots of benches to sit on. The cobblestones were brought over as ballast in ships from England, and then unloaded in Savannah so the ships had more space in which to carry goods back to England.

That's what I've been told by a resident, anyway. Seems to me there would be more supplies coming *from* England but I suppose the colonies had a lot of unique indigenous items, and natural resources, that the English were interested in.

I can't imagine a wagon ride across such a rough surface. It'd jar your brains right out!