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Trappist Caskets: Dubuque’s Shot Tower

Lead mining and smelting attracted more 19th century settlers to the Upper Mississippi River Valley than fur trading or farming. But long before the...

Trappist Caskets: Dubuque’s Peony Trail

In May, peonies throughout the Midwest begin to burst into big, showy blooms – a riot of red, pink, and white. One of the...

Trappist Caskets: The Community of Eagle Point

When most people hear the name Eagle Point, they think of Dubuque’s beautiful park high on the bluff above the Mississippi River. But back...

Trappist Caskets: Dr. Asa Horr – Dubuque’s Early Physician, Weatherman, and...

Everyone likes to talk about the weather. Some even spend an inordinate amount of time complaining about it, especially when the snow flies and...

Trappist Caskets: Alexander Simplot, Dubuque’s Civil War Artist

On April 22, 1861, more than 3,000 Dubuque residents gathered at the city’s Jones Street levee on the Mississippi River to see the Jackson...

Trappist Caskets: Andrew Carnegie’s Railroad Bridge

No matter where I begin my stroll along Dubuque’s Mississippi Riverwalk, I always seem to wind up on a bench at the northern end,...

Trappist Caskets: The Dubuque Brewing & Malting Co.

The deteriorating, red brick Dubuque Brewing & Malting Co. building at 3000 and 3040 Jackson St. has been in the news recently. On May...

Trappist Caskets: The History of Dubuque’s Hospitals

At one time, the City of Dubuque supported three hospitals – Mercy, Finley, and Xavier. Each fulfilled a medical necessity for the community, and...

Trappist Caskets: James Beach and His Soap Factory

Perhaps no one helped clean up old Dubuque more than soap manufacturer James Beach of the firm James A. Beach & Sons. James, a...

Trappist Caskets: The Wellington Boulder

Dubuque’s Linwood Cemetery is home to some very unusual monuments. A particularly unique one is a huge boulder that juts out of the ground...