|We stayed 2 nights in the Palace Campground on the out-skirts of Galena. We took a narrated Trolly tour of the historic town and ate lunch at DeSoto House Hotel, the oldest operating hotel in Illinois. This 5 story hotel was the largest and most luxurious hotel in the West in 1855. Galena's Post Office is also the oldest continually owned and operated Post Office in America.
We crossed the river into Dubuque, Iowa for a tour of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and then dinner and narrated 2 & a half hour cruise up the Miss. River on the steamboat, "Spirit of Dubuque". The next day we took our friends, Tom and Margie, with us to see the movie set of "Field of Dreams" about 20 miles west of Dubuque. The owners of this 100+ year old family farm keep the movie site maintained and welcome visitors to play ball or run the bases, and don't charge a penny!
While in Dubuque, we had to ride the "4th Street Elevator". It consists of 2 counterbalanced cable cars that bypass in the middle. The history behind this is very interesting. Originally built in 1882, the cars were rebuilt in 1977.