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Galesburg, Illinois

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Regional hub with a rich legacy

With a population of 30,000, Galesburg is big enough to be a regional hub for great shopping, dining and recreation, but small enough to maintain its small-town roots.

First settled in 1836, Galesburg has a rich legacy of contributions to the nation’s history. The first anti-slavery society in Illinois was founded here, Knox College was a site for one of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates, and Galesburg was home to the great author and Abraham Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg. The town’s role in American railroading is celebrated at the National Railroad Hall of Fame and in the annual Galesburg Railroad Days festival.


Galesburg is a center of activity for residents of west-central Illinois. It’s also conveniently located on an Amtrak line, with easy access via Interstate 74 to two international airports and more in Peoria and the Quad Cities.

The west-central Illinois region offers:

  • High quality of life with a lower cost of living
  • Strong community school systems and an array of higher education choices
  • The Mississippi River valley and a host of fine parks and historic sites
  • A trove of big-time small-town festivals
  • World-class health care, with OSF HealthCare hospitals in Galesburg, Kewanee and Monmouth

Learn more about the Galesburg area. Photo credit: Ellen McDowell

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