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200 Main Street   •   Dubuque, IA 52001

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About Dubuque

Historic Old Main District has experienced a rebirth. Restoration projects have brought new vitality to downtown Dubuque, most notably the $400 million renovation to the riverfront now known as America’s River – the Port of Dubuque on the Mississippi. Hotel Julien Dubuque overlooks the port and is at the heart of the revitalization movement.

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  • Established

    Established in 1833, settled in 1788 by French Canadian fur trader and early entrepreneur Julien Dubuque. Dubuque is Iowa’s oldest city and is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River.

  • Slogan

    “Masterpiece on the Mississippi”

  • Location on the River by River Mile

    580 at Lock & Dam #11, The General Zebulon Pike

  • Population


  • Rail History

    In 1862, Dubuque was the site of the State Fair because of easy access by rail and river. Well-known for its passenger rail to Chicago, Dubuque is now restoring the last original train station remaining in Dubuque, the Burlington Northern Depot, to its original state.

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