A long march down an old dirt road surrounded by fields where cattle graze, sits the scary-looking Galena Marine Hospital that's been currently put out to pasture. Anyone first seeing this building might do an immediate about face and take off running back down the rutted road from whence they came. Upon closer inspection though they would notice sitting atop this imposing 6300 sq. ft. structure sits a large belvedere (a 360-degree viewing room with sweeping views of the surrounding eleven-acre area and the Galena River where it’s rumored the ghosts of this old hospital still roam the grounds!) This great piece of architecture on the hospital's roof is supported by a spiraling, ornate iron staircase that emerges elegantly from the bottom of the structure.
For those who think this is a good place to go for Halloween . . DON’T. The bulls breeding on the land are very possessive of their cows and could quickly make you the newest ghostly resident of the dead soldier clan.
For the adventurous buyer, this building with its rock-solid foundation on top of bedrock, could be turned into a retreat, a spacious family home, or the set of the next Hollywood horror film! This structure, which has been in existence since the days of the steamboat, has three open floors and is large enough to hold a small army. Though it's off the beaten path, this monument to Marine history is within the city limits of Galena, IL. With an asking price of just $799,000 this piece of history will make one 'do-it-yourselfer' say Oorah!