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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.