"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
The Port of Dubuque Marina has something for everyone and there is a lot to see. We began our explorations at Paddlewheel Plaza. On display is a large paddlewheel from the steamship William M. Black. It is now permanently docked in Ice harbor and is a Bed and Breakfast from April-November.
Back behind the museum is Ice Harbor, where you can enjoy watching all the activity in the marina. You can take a cruise on the Spirit of Dubuque from May to October. On our way out of town, I saw the ship out on the river.
The Coast Guard ship USCGC Wyaconda keeps the waters safe in Dubuque.
We are reaching the end of the riverwalk, and we see the historic Star Brewery building, now Stone Cliff Winery. It is now is a restaurant and museum and now produce wine instead of beer. To the right is the historic Shot Tower, one of the last ones standing. It was constructed in 1856 and lead shot was manufactured here.
This concludes our tour of Dubuque. We really enjoyed the sightseeing and hope to return and take a cruise on the Spirit of Dubuque. This city’s rich history made an impression on us and the residents are very proud of living here and welcome visitors warmly.
We discovered most big cities to the small towns we have visited have at least one public garden for the public to enjoy. Dubuque is no exception. The Dubuque Museum and Botanical Gardens is quite beautiful in mid-summer and was well worth the visit.
Be sure to stop in the Visitor Center for a map of the huge grounds. You could easily spend the day here. They also have apparel and souveniers.
There are gardens of different themes…
Even waterfalls are here.
Just some of the beautiful flowers here at the garden.
We had a wonderful visit here. Could not see it all this time but perhaps on a return visit we can see the rest.
Dubuque is a moderately large city of 58,000 with a rich history. It’s located on the banks of the Mississippi with both Illinois and Wisconsin visible across the river. We entered the city crossing on the Wisconsin bridge, or Julien Dubuque Bridge.
We got maps and directions to the Julien Dubuque monument and these are the coordinates of the parking lot closest to it, it was a bit difficult to find since we are not familiar with the area.
N42° 28.124 W090° 38.904
After parking, be sure to take this trail entrance, it is not marked real well. Here is a map.
Another burial site is found here, Mesquaki Indian Chief Peosta. He was a friend of Julien Dubuque.
And now we come upon the monument itself. Inside is the grave, behind protective bars.
Surrounding Dubuque are many high bluffs, offering great views of the city below and the river. This was our first view, from a distance. There is a considerable amount of train traffic here, the routes on both side of the river go alongside to minimize city traffic interference. You can see a train in this view. The train actually went right by us below. here it is approaching us.
After taking in this great site, we went to see a popular “ride” in Dubuque, the Fenelon Place Elevator. This is the view from the bottom in Cable Car Square downtown. When it was put into operation on July 25, 1882 it was privately owned by J.K. Graves. It wasn’t long before neighbors were asking for a ride down too and by 1884 he did let them, for 5 cents a ride. Today the round trip is $3. Drove to the top of the bluff to see another overlook at the station house above. It was fun watching the cable cars go up and down.
Let’s watch the ride!
What an incredible view of the city! This view is downtown, looking towards the Town Clock.
And looking back towards the Wisconsin bridge that we came over.
After enjoying the view we headed down to the Welcome Center on 300 Main St. Ste. 100. This is the place to go to pick up info in Iowa, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Also souveniers!
We were getting a bit hungry for lunch at this point (clock said 12:00 PM), so we decided to have our picnic at Eagle Point Park. It is high atop another part of the bluff offering a great view of the Mississippi River and Lock and Dam #11. If you drive in like we did, $1 admission. Walking in or biking is free. They have many buildings on site that people can rent for events, many use stone in their construction.
This is the majestic view of Lock and Dam #11. Looking to the right from here, you could see the Illinois bridge.
It was amazing, having three views of the city from high above in one day. Helped us learn where the landmarks are a lot faster. After lunch, it was time to see the Mathias Ham House which is near the park. On site is also the oldest log cabin in Dubuque County, from 1827. They were not open on Monday. No photos are allowed inside during the tour also.
This was a great park for our little siesta. We went downtown and found many beautiful historic buildings from the 1800’s. Storm clouds were gathering though, and they hit just at we arrived at Lot One for dinner. This building and the block that it’s in is historic also. This was the first platted block in Dubuque.
On Tuesday morning we ate at Jorja’s, which is not downtown. It is located on 3130 Jackson St. Their motto is “Homestyle Cooking with Homestyle Prices”. Jorja Moore is the owner and is also well versed on Dubuque history. She told us about the H & W Brewery building next door. Lunch was wonderful too!
They made us feel welcome here, as did all the people we encountered today. We especially enjoyed our night’s stay at the Days Inn at 1111 Dodge St. It is only a couple miles from downtown and they had a wonderful breakfast the next morning. For only $57, we had a pleasant stay in Dubuque on a budget. The next day, we finished exploring downtown and also went to Ice Harbor.