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Dubuque Town Plaza

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Town Plaza - Dubuque, Iowa

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Built along the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Dubuque delights in its designation of Iowa's oldest city. Imparting his name on the area, French-Canadian fur trader Julien Dubuque arrived in 1785. Dubuque Courthouse Successful mining operations kept Julien Dubuque busy until his death in 1810. After the Black Hawk Purchase Treaty, this land just west of the Mississippi was opened for American settlement, securing a town charter in 1837.
   Dubuque has long been a center of cultural and historic significance. And with a redeveloped riverfront, city residents enjoy its rebirth. The America's River Project, receiving state and local funds, encompasses 90 acres of riverfront property. The project transformed sections of underutilized industrial property into the Mississippi Riverwalk, Dubuque Grand Opera House the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, the Grand River Center and the Grand Harbor Resort. Recently named the most livable city, an Iowa Great Place, and securing one of the top spots among the 100 best communities for young people, city visitors will agree that downtown Dubuque is once again alive and well.
   Pictured here is Main Streetís town clock, a favorite landmark among city residents. Listed on the National Register, the town clock has stood over the city since 1864. The first clock proved too heavy for the building it was mounted on, bringing about its collapse in 1872. Residents rallied and replaced the clock the following year. Finally mounted on a freestanding base and topped it off with a new cupola in 1971, the clock stands 108 feet over the plaza and serves as the centerpiece of Main Street.

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