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Area Information for Galena, OH
A village of just 653 residents as of the 2010 Census, Galena is a charming and quaint community in central Ohio.
This 0.6 square mile community was first established in 1809 as a mill seat.
Galena’s location between Big and Little Walnut Creeks made it an ideal location for millraces and water-powered grist and saw mills.
Although the community was originally named Zoar, it was changed to Galena in 1924. Some say the name comes from the natural mineral form of lead sulfide by the same name that was found in the area.
Since its founding, Galena has grown into a prosperous small town. For instance, the community has expanded its industrial base throughout its history.
And with the construction of a railroad line through the village in 1873, Galena residents were able to bring even more business into the area.
Today, the line has been mostly abandoned, although a small portion of it is still used as a walking path for the village.
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Galena takes pride in maintaining its reputation for being a “quiet little village.”