Dubuque, Iowa sits along the Iowa side of the Mississippi River and has close ties with East Dubuque, located on the Illinois side.
While still growing quickly, the city still embraces its small-town warmth and friendliness around the community. With plenty of activities and attractions, there is always something to enjoy.
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Dubuque, IA 52001
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The Dubuque, Iowa area was part of the region explored by Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in 1673. France initially laid claim to the area but ceded control to Spain in 1763. The first European-American settler of Dubuque was Julien Dubuque, who arrived here in 1785. In 1788, Dubuque began mining the area’s deposits of lead.
In 1803, the Dubuque area was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. It was chartered in 1833 and incorporated in 1857 – and is the old city in Iowa. It became a center of the timber industry although mill working, boat building, brewing, and the railroad industry all made major contributions to the economy. Industrial activity dominated the city until late in the 20th century. Since then tourism and high-technology businesses have taken the lead. Lock and Dam 11 is located just north of Dubuque on the Mississippi River.
Dubuque is a very active river community with lots of events and activities going on along the river during the warmer seasons. The community is proud of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and the many historic buildings, they have to offer. The community supports sports teams from four colleges in Dubuque, along with the minor league hockey team – the Dubuque Fighting Saints. It is also a major tourist destination where visitors can enjoy an indoor water park, riverboat gambling and a museum associated with the Smithsonian – all at the Port of Dubuque.
From bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and historic homes to renovated downtown condos and new construction homes, the Dubuque area has many different housing options. Click here to search homes for sale in the Dubuque area or contact us to talk to a Dubuque Realtor who can provide Dubuque real estate information and knowledge of the local market.
From endless activities along the river, learning about Dubuque’s heritage, casinos, river cruises and outdoor activities to sports and rec, arts, shopping and night life – there is never a shortage of things to do in Dubuque. The city’s Fourth of July celebration attracts many visitors from the surrounding areas every year. Sundown Mountain, west of town, and Chestnut Mountain, located in nearby Galena, Illinois, are great places to visit for skiing enthusiasts. The Diamond Jo Casino and Mystique Casino are perfect options for those looking to try their luck at a poker game or slot machine. The city of Dyersville, 20 miles west of Dubuque is home to the National Farm Toy Museum and the world famous Field Of Dreams Movie Site.