U.S. Marine Hospital: Galena

The U.S. Marine Hospital, at 1304 Park Ave. in Galena, Ill., was built in 1859 by the United States Treasury Department and operated by the Marine Hospital Service, according to Landmarks Illinois. "Constructed as part of a nationally significant federal health care initiative for United States sailors, the hospital is one of only two pre-Civil War marine hospitals remaining on the inland waterway system. The other example is in Kentucky and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The Galena hospital is for sale as part of 11 acres of land, currently used for livestock grazing, and does not have the protection of local or national landmark designation. Local support for redevelopment includes potential use as a single-family residence or multi-family housing."
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