Galesburg was founded by George W. Gale, a minister of the gospel from New York State who dreamed of establishing a manual labor college. A committee from New York purchased 17 acres in Knox County in 1835, and the first 25 settlers arrived in 1836. They built cabins in Log City near current Lake Storey, just north of Galesburg.
Galesburg was home to the first anti-slavery society in state of Illinois founded in 1837, and was a stop on the underground railroad. Railroads play a key role in Galesburg -- the first railroad came to Galesburg in 1854.
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