Galva, Illinois

Galva

City

Nickname: City of Go

Country
United States

State
Illinois

County
Henry

Coordinates
41°10′0″N 90°2′32″W / 41.16667°N 90.04222°W / 41.16667; -90.04222Coordinates: 41°10′0″N 90°2′32″W / 41.16667°N 90.04222°W / 41.16667; -90.04222

Area
2.86 sq mi (7 km2)

 - land
2.86 sq mi (7 km2)

 - water
0.00 sq mi (0 km2)

Population
2,589 (2010)

Density
1,609.5/sq mi (621/km2)

Timezone
CST (UTC-6)

 - summer (DST)
CDT (UTC-5)

Postal code
61434

Area code
309

Location of Galva within Illinois

Wikimedia Commons: Galva, Illinois

Galva is a city in Henry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 2,589 at the 2010 census, down from 2,758 in 2000.

Contents

1 History
2 Geography
3 Demographics

3.1 2010 Census
3.2 Rubezahl Statue

4 Notable people
5 References
6 External links

History[edit]
Cousins William L. Wiley (1820-1900) and James Wiley (1817-1886) founded Galva in 1854. [1] The name Galva honors the Swedish immigrants of nearby Bishop Hill and refers to Gävle, Sweden which is the town’s sister city. Today around 80% of the town has Scandinavian ancestry. [2]
Galva was a railroad town. Galva was laid out along the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (Burlington Route) with the help of Bishop Hill trustees who invested heavily in Galva. [3] This was the first of three rail line to locate there. This group was formed in 1852 and ran a line from Aurora, Illinois to Galesburg, Illinois. A second branch of the Burlington Route later also came through. Later the Peoria and Rock Island Railroad (Rock Island Railroad) came through Galva.[4][5]
Geography[edit]
According to the 2010 census, Galva has a total area of 2.86 square miles (7.41 km2), all land.[6][7]
Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census
Pop.

1860
1,005

1870
2,160

114.9%

1880
2,148

−0.6%

1890
2,409

12.2%

1900
2,682

11.3%

1910
2,498

−6.9%

1920
2,974

19.1%

1930
2,875

−3.3%

1940
2,812

−2.2%

1950
2,886

2.6%

1960
3,060

6.0%

1970
3,061

0.0%

1980
3,185

4.1%

1990
2,742

−13.9%

2000
2,758

0.6%

2010
2,589

−6.1%

Est. 2015
2,517
[8]
−2.8%

U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the 2000 census,[10] there were 2,758 people, 1,164 households, and 740 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,609.5 peopl
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