by John Klauer
There are at least a million stories in Dubuque, many of which involve the fortunes that were made and lost in the city’s lead mines and in other endeavors. One that has always fascinated me is the story of Tom Kelly’s missing gold.
Tom Kelly was a somewhat reclusive miner (born in 1808 in King’s County, Ireland) who apparently hauled a fortune out of his lead mine which sat on the hill behind St. Raphael’s Cathedral. (There was also a Catholic cemetery up there, but that is another story.) To this day, the area is still called Kelly’s Bluff.
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