Just three miles south of the Illinois and Wisconsin border, East Dubuque is the most northern town in Illinois along the Mississippi River. East Dubuque, Illinois is located in Jo Daviess County directly across from Dubuque, Iowa. According to the 2010 census, this ever-growing city is home to 1,704.
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East Dubuque was established in 1853. Speakeasies, gambling and whiskey stills make the history of East Dubuque sound like a town right out of a movie. While the rest of the country was following Prohibition, people in East Dubuque continued to produce and sell illegal alcohol with easy access to a key ingredient – corn. Tales of wagon loads of liquor and even baby buggies floating down the river are still told. It is said that the city even had a lantern system established to communicate to the bootleggers in the hills and the people in the town. Al Capone was a frequent visitor and East Dubuque was nicknamed “Sin City”. If you’re relocating to East Dubuque or planning a visit, make sure to ask about the legends.
Today, East Dubuque is a very active river community. Access to three marinas: Frentress, MidTown and Bent Prop make river access easy. Residents enjoy activities such as boating, picnicking on the beach, jet skiing and skiing in the warm summer months. Once winter comes, ice fishing, snowmobiling and even ice golfing become popular.
Located on the bluffs is picturesque Gramercy Park. Beautiful in every season, the park provides great views of the river and city. Twenty-six Hopewell Indian Mounds are located here and are considered the best preserved in the state.