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County InformationThe establishment of the City of Dubuque in 1833 led to large-scale settlement of the surrounding area. This was greatly encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church, which sent priests, bishops, and nuns to establish churches in the unpopulated countryside. Primarily, Irish and German (many of whom were Catholic) immigrants came to the region. In 1858, Saint Francis Catholic Church was established in Dubuque County.
Created in 1834 from "Michigan Territory", it is one of Iowa's two original counties along with Des Moines County; both were organized by the Michigan Territorial legislature in 1834.
The City of Dubuque is the county seat, and was chartered in 1833 as the first city in Iowa.
The county was named for Julien Dubuque, the first European settler of Iowa and an early lead mining pioneer in what is now Dubuque County. Dubuque was French Canadian, and had (by most accounts) a friendly relationship with the local Fox Tribe of Native Americans. He and other early pioneers established a lucrative mining and trading industry in the area. When lead deposits began becoming exhausted, the pioneers developed boat building, lumber yards, millworking, brewing, and machinery manufacturing to take its place.
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Surrounding CountiesClayton County (north)
Grant County, Wisconsin (northeast), across the Mississippi River
Jo Daviess County, Illinois (east), across the Mississippi River
Jackson County (southeast)
Jones County (southwest)
Delaware County (west)
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