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Trappist Caskets: Ice Harvesting

A window sign requesting an ice delivery would look pretty strange in the 21st century, but back in the 1800s and early 1900s, the...

Trappist Caskets: Col. Joseph B. Dorr’s Vases

Joseph Bartlett Dorr wasn’t a native Dubuquer, but he is counted among the city’s Civil War heroes. Born in New York on August 5,...

Trappist Caskets: Irving School Recollections

Dubuque’s Irving School has a long history, dating back to 1866 when the school was known as the “West Dubuque School.” The original school,...

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...