Tobacco Industry, The
The marker is located on the south side of IL 34 on the curve coming into Galatia from the west. It is one half mile west of the downtown area.
The Illinois State Historical Society
From the creation of Saline County in 1847 to the end of the century the production of tobacco was the principal industry. In 1870 Saline County had the highest tobacco production in the state. The Webber Brothers of Galatia and Raleigh were the largest buyers and processors in the county, some years exporting 1,500,000 pounds of tobacco.
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