Dubuque's historic Old Main District has experienced a rebirth. Restoration projects have brought new vitality to downtown Dubuque, most notably the $400 million renovation to the riverfront now known as America's River - the Port of Dubuque on the Mississippi. Hotel Julien Dubuque overlooks the port and is at the heart of the revitalization movement.
Dubuque Fast Facts
Established: 1833, settled in 1788 by French Canadian fur trader and early entrepreneur Julien Dubuque. Dubuque is Iowa's oldest city and is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. For a full history, click here
Slogan:"Masterpiece on the Mississippi"
Location on the River by River Mile: 580 at Lock & Dam #11, The General Zebulon Pike
River Industry: Historically known for boat building and logging. Now the river is known for its riverboat excursions, tourism, gaming and recreation.
Rail Industry: Known for its passenger rail to Chicago, In 1862 Dubuque was the site of the State Fair because of easy access by rail and river. Dubuque is restoring the last original train station remaining in Dubuque, the Burlington Northern Depot, to its original state.