Galena is the most important ore of lead. Silver is often produced as a by-product. Most lead is consumed in making batteries, however, significant amounts are also used to make lead sheets, pipe and shot. It is also used to make low-melting-point alloys.
Galena” is Latin for lead sulfide. In the peak year of 1845, the mining district, with Galena as its hub, produced almost 85% of the nation’s lead. The “Lead Rush” preceded the California “Gold Rush” by 20 years.
Established in 1826, the city of Galena was named after a rare mineral formed from lead sulfide. Because of its location along the Mississippi River, Galena became an important port stop between St. Paul and St. Louis, allowing the city to blossom.
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