Whether you’re spending time in one of the beautiful parks in the summer or you’re visiting Sundown Mountain in the winter, the Dubuque Area can provide you with months of endless entertainment.
The unique history and landscape of the Dubuque Area attract plenty of visitors each year, but the community’s focus on the future is what keeps people around. Many neighborhoods, including Downtown Dubuque, have been refurbished in recent years, with an emphasis on technology.
The community features museums, art exhibits, and a unique outdoor elevator experience in the hills. If you’re a tourist looking for new experiences, you’ll find it here. If you’re a local, you know you can find the perfect meal at any price in the Dubuque Area across Iowa and Illinois.
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Dubuque, IA 52001
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France initially controlled the Dubuque Area land, but later ceded control to Spain in 1763. The first European-American settler of Dubuque was Julien Dubuque, who arrived in 1785. In 1803, the Dubuque Area was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Dubuque officially became a city in 1857 and is one of the oldest cities in Iowa.
Bellevue was originally known as “Belleview” or “Bell’s View” after John D. Bell, one of the earliest residents. It became a city in 1833 and is the oldest town in Jackson County.
Asbury achieved city status in 1933 with around 27 citizens. County boards and supervisors were not yet empowered to issue beer permits in rural areas, so in order to legalize beer sales in the area, Asbury needed to become incorporated as a city.
East Dubuque was established in 1853, and has a history that earned it the nickname “Sin City.”
While the rest of the country was following Prohibition, people in East Dubuque continued to produce and sell illegal alcohol because it had easy access to a key ingredient, corn. It is said that the city even had a lantern system established to communicate to town residents. It’s also rumored that Al Capone was a frequent visitor.
From the bluffs with historic homes overlooking the Mississippi River to the renovated downtown condos to the new construction homes in the rural areas, the Dubuque Area offers many different housing options.
With 18 schools and over 10,500 students, Dubuque Area schools understand the impact education has on children and families. Both Dubuque Senior High School and Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa were named among America’s Best High Schools by US News within the past three years. All schools in the area have a strong focus on graduation rates, technology and learning, life after high school and excellence in music.
The beautiful landscape of the Dubuque Area provides scenic areas for residents and tourists alike to enjoy. Dubuque, Iowa has multiple parks within city limits, including McAleece Park and Recreation Complex, which has a concession stand surrounded by multiple softball diamonds. A.Y. McDonald Park and Veterans Memorial Park also provide plenty of other amenities including walking paths, playground equipment and other sports courts. The Bellevue State Park offers plenty of trails, a nature center for learning and camping. Gramercy Park in East Dubuque, Illinois offers visitors a scenic overlook of the Mississippi River and the surrounding cliffs.
The Dubuque County Library has multiple branches available to visit, including the Dubuque County Library – Asbury Branch. Many of the branches have events and programs available for visitors of all ages. Bellevue, Iowa and East Dubuque, Illinois also have their own public libraries available to residents and visitors alike.
Port of Dubuque: The Port of Dubuque in downtown Dubuque, Iowa offers so much to do for people of any age. Visit the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium with your family to learn more about the nature and wildlife that surrounds you on the Mississippi River. Take the next day to enjoy the indoor waterpark experience of Grand Harbor Resort or take the afternoon to walk along the trails or check out the many activities offered at the Port of Dubuque Marina. For the adults, be sure to spend some alone time at Diamond Jo Casino and Stone Cliff Winery. And if you’re looking for another location where you could potentially host an event, be sure to check out the Grand River Center.
East Dubuque Marinas: East Dubuque, Illinois offers plenty of marinas for boat storage along the river and even lakes in the area. Whether you’re looking to purchase, store, or maintain your boat, you will find a place to do it in East Dubuque. Check out Frentess Marina, Midtown Marina, and Bent Prop Marina.
Fenelon Place Elevator Company: Have you ever ridden an elevator up a cliff? The Fenelon Place Elevator Company in Dubuque, Iowa takes you on the shortest, steepest scenic railway ride in the world. Built in 1882 as a shortcut up the hill, this elevator has had a few remodels due to fires. Now, it provides magnificent views of the historic Dubuque business district, the Mississippi River, and three states at once.