With rolling hills overlooking the Mississippi River, the oldest city in Iowa founded in 1833 has a rich history worth exploring.

The Founding of the Town

According to the town's website, a French Canadian fur trader founded the town in 1833. He saw great potential in the area's abundant lead mines so he established a trading post and formed strong relationships with the local Native American tribes.

Courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa, Wallace, Josephine, 1925
Courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa, Wallace, Josephine, 1925

The Rise of the Town

By the mid-1800s, the town became a vital commercial center for the region thanks to its steamboat transportation hub. The railroad boom in the late 19th century led to significant growth, and agriculture became the town's primary industry.

The Town's Unique Features

This great Mississippi town is full of unique features that set it apart.

What is the Oldest Town in Iowa?

The French Canadian fur trader mentioned above was named Julien Dubuque. The town, of course, Dubuque, Iowa!

You could visit the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Eagle Point Park, Fenelon Place Elevator Co, or the Mines of Spain Recreation Area.

They also have the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Diamond Jo Casino, and Stone Cliff Winery.

It's a hidden gem worth exploring. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or the arts, there's something for everyone. So plan a visit and discover the magic of Dubuque for yourself!

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