Gothic architecture/ early 1800’s ~ Dubuque, Iowa/ USA
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The City of Dubuque is among the oldest European settlements west of the Mississippi River. The first Europeans were the French explorers Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet, who traveled along the river in 1673.
The first permanent settler in what is now Dubuque was Julien Dubuque, who arrived in 1785 and from whom the city takes it name.
Initially a lead mining town, Dubuque was officially chartered in 1833. It became a became a center for the timber industry when the mines ran out and was later dominated by mill-working businesses. Between 1860 and 1880, Dubuque was one of the 100 largest urban areas in the United States. Also important were boat building, brewing, and later, the railroad industry.
Beginning in the mid-19th century and into the 20th, thousands of German and Irish Catholic immigrants came to Dubuque to work in its manufacturing centers. The city’s Old World architecture tells their story (there is still a large German/Irish population there today).
Now, tourism, high technology, and publishing are among the largest and fastest-growing businesses in Dubuque. Well over 1,500,000 tourists flock there yearly and the number continues to increase.
Several things I didn’t know about Dubuque until I looked it up…
In 2010 Forbes selected Dubuque as the best small city to raise a family in the country.
In 2010 Forbes also ranked Dubuque as the top community for job growth in the USA.
In 2010 Dubuque was named the Third Most Livable Community in the World (!) at the International Awards for Livable Communities.
In 2010 Dubuque was declared one of 10 smartest cities on the planet by Fast Company Magazine. (Dubuque was the only city from the western hemisphere on the list!)
We live across the river in Galena, Illinois but Dubuque is where we do our major shopping. (Galena’s population: 3,200 ~ Dubuque’s: 57,637)