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|Galien (pronounced Galeen) was named after a nearby river, the Rene Brehant de Galinee. The river had been named after a priest and mapmaker for the missionaries in the late 1600's. In 1829, the name of the river was changed to Galien.|
George Blakeslee was one of the first settlers to establish a business in the area. In 1853 Mr. Blakeslee bought a mill in Galien and during the next year he built a store.
Today, Galien remains small, quaint village. Children play baseball behind the American Legion on warm Saturday mornings and adults can play Bingo at the American Legion every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm.