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Dubuque County Iowa

 


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Cities and Towns

Asbury -- Balltown -- Bankston -- Bernard -- Cascade
Centralia -- Dubuque -- Durango -- Dyersville -- Epworth
Farley -- Graf -- Holy Cross -- Luxemburg -- New Vienna
Peosta -- Rickardsville -- Sageville -- Sherrill -- Worthington -- Zwingle
Abandoned Towns, Villages And Post Offices

The county consists of 18 townships including:

Cascade -- Center -- Concord -- Dodge -- Dubuque
Iowa -- Jefferson -- Julien -- Liberty -- Mosalem
New Wine -- Peru -- Prairie Creek -- Table Mound
Taylor -- Vernon -- Washington -- White Water

 The 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.


County Information

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.

 

 
ONLINE DATA

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State Bird and Flower

Cemeteries Census Data
Churches Historical Info
Marriages Military Data
News Articles Obituaries/Deaths
Website updates:
07 May 2014: Obit - Francis V. De Griselli
30 Apr 2014: Obit - Jean Busby; William Potts; Annie Richey; Caleb Sadler
18 Apr 2014:
Churches: Church News - Rev. Patrick J. Coffey
Church List
11 Apr 2014: Obit - Martha Southwell
28 Mar 2014: Obit - John F. Kessler
03 Feb 2014: Obit - Dr. W. Y. Allen

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Surrounding Counties
Clayton 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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