Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Shades of Dubuque

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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...

Trappist Caskets: Dubuque’s Washington Square

Dubuque’s Washington Park dates back to the city’s very beginnings. In 1833, G.W. Harrison surveyed and laid out the two-acre square originally slated to...

Trappist Caskets: Sam’s “Dubuque” Bottles

Our grandson collects old bottles. While Sam prefers to find his treasures, he’s not opposed to buying them. He’s especially excited by bottles imprinted...

Trappist Caskets: The Tragic Tale of Three Men named Thomas

The tale of three men named Thomas began on a Thursday morning in July 1877, the day after the festivities of the 4th. Work...