Before our trip Charlotte had been looking at an Illinois book that we picked up from Triple A. She spotted a town on the river that was a civil war port so we decided to go there. After leaving Pella Iowa we headed toward Illinois. We love following the mighty Mississippi River so we got of the main highway when we reached the river and headed north toward Galena Ill. This is a beautiful town with a lot of history, the down town goes right down to the river it is protected by a tall levee and at one end are these two large gates that can be shut to protect the town from flooding. We did not get pictures of the gates but if you have Google Earth you can type in Galena Ill. Zoom in and you can see the gates. Ulysses S Grant lived here; the town built and gave him this home to thank him for his service in the Civil War. Grant was also our 18th President of the United States. We stayed in a nice motel up on a hill just outside of town, I did not notice until the next morning that you could see the river off in the distance it was a nice view of the country side. Oh yes did I mention that I had to take the girls back down town so they could shop, well it was not too bad though I found a little coffee shop so I got a latte and went outside sit down on a bench and watched the people go by.