1105 Grove Terrace, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, United States
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Bridge Across the Mississippi at Dubuque
The Ice Harbor on the Mississippi, at Dubuque
A bridge swings open for our boat to pass.
The Spirit of Dubuque
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Eagle Point Park
Eagle Point Park is a great place to watch for flying things! It's also a notable example of recreational landscape design and architecture. The park itself dates from the early 20th century when a prominent local judge donated the hilltop land to the city of Dubuque. In the 1930s, WPA money was used to construct a series of outstanding shelters and public buildings in the park. Noted Prairie School Architect Alfred Caldwell skillfully used local limestone to create an intriguing mix of ledge gardens, picnic pavilions and sheltered walkways. Eagle Point Park is in the bluffs just north of downtown Dubuque.
Julien Dubuque Monument
When Julien Dubuque died in March of 1810 the Mesquakie Indians buried him with tribal honors beneath a log mausoleum at the site of this monument. The Julien Dubuque monument was built in 1897, on a high bluff with commanding views of the Mississippi River. It overlooks the Mines of Spain property in the town that would eventually bear Dubuque's name. The site has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
The monument is in a parklike setting about two miles south of the city of Dubuque and is reached by following the signs off U.S. Hwy. #52. It can also be seen from the Mississippi River.
Dubuque Star Brewery
This very interesting old building was for many years the home of Dubuque Star beers, established by Joseph Rhomberg in 1898. The brewery was forced to close twice - first by prohibition and later by floods. About four other beers were later produced here including Pickett's Premium Beer and Rhomberg Beer, but each of them eventually failed.
The city of Dubuque has now accquired the building through eminent domain proceedings as part of the riverfront renovation efforts. A winery is now said to be in the process of taking over the property, but as of our visit in August, 2006, it was empty. Still the historic old buliding is interesting to see. The hospitality room of the brewery was featured in the movie F.I.S.T., as well as the 1981 comedy "Take This Job and Shove It."
This enormous paddlewheel at the Port of Dubuque stands 25-feet tall and weighs an estimated 32 tons. It was once mounted to the Starboard of the Steamship William M. Black, a National Landmark Steamship.
The paddlewheel was dismounted from the ship to allow it to pass through the floodwall gates into Dubuque's Ice Harbor. It is now on display in Paddlewheel Plaza, near the entrance to the Mississippi River Museum.
The Eagle Has Landed
I stopped in Dubuque on my way between Cedar Rapids and Wisconsin. The person at the tourist info desk recommended seeing the eagles near the lock. Upon arriving, I was very surprised to see many Bald Eagles. She said that they gather in this particular area because there is open water (i.e. not covered by ice). Several eagles flew over the open water looking for fish though I did not see any dive in. So if your in the area during the winter, bring your binoculars and check them out.
The downtown area has a couple cool buildings.
The tourism person mentioned that Irish and Germans had first settled here. It's perhaps hard to see though the house on the bluff has an German-like architecture style.
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