OLD SHOT TOWER – Dubuque, Iowa

Description – This tower was built in 1856 for the molding of lead shot. (It was an excellent source for ammunition during the Civil War.) It is located on the riverfront. It is one of the few similar structures left in the country. The base is … [Read more...]

Mines Of Spain Recreation Area – Dubuque, Iowa

The Mines of Spain Recreation Area and E.B.Lyons Interpretive and Nature Center are located on 1380 acres of beautiful wooded and prairie land just south of Dubuque, IA. The area has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and includes Julien … [Read more...]

Heritage Trail – Dubuque, Iowa

Follow the 26 mile route of a once bustling railroad into a 450 foot deep valley past old mining and mill towns. Discover the rugged beauty that welcomes thousands of bicyclists and hikers each year. 26 miles Surface: smooth, compacted crushed … [Read more...]

Grand Opera House – Dubuque, Iowa

51 private citizens decided to bring live entertainment to the Dubuque, Iowa area in 1889, thus The Grand Opera House Company was formed. The Grand Opera House is the oldest theater in Dubuque, Iowa. It was built in 1889-1890 at an estimated cost of … [Read more...]

GENERAL ZEBULON PIKE LOCK AND DAM – Dubuque, Iowa

Description – This dam, No. 10, is one of a series built on the Mississippi River. It is operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineer. It is 4,818 feet in length and contains 16 gates. Complimentary group tours are available on Sunday afternoons. … [Read more...]

FENELON PLACE ELEVATOR COMPANY – Dubuque, Iowa

Description – This is the world’s shortest, steepest scenic incline railway and it lifts passengers 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place. The two cars always leave the upper and lower stations simultaneously, and pass at the midpoint … [Read more...]

MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM – Dubuque, Iowa

Mississippi River Museum

Description – This museum is situated on the banks of the Mississippi River on the north side of Ice Harbor. It is comprised of several sites: Woodard Riverboat Museum, the steamboat sidewheeler William M. Black, the River of Dreams theater, the National … [Read more...]

MATHIAS HAM HOUSE – Dubuque, Iowa

Description – Visitors can tour an Italianate villa built in 1856 and a double log cabin on the same site. The 23-room villa was built by Mathias Ham and has been authentically restored. Its furnishings are examples of those preferred during the … [Read more...]

Sundown Mountain Ski Resort, Dubuque, Iowa

    Sundown Mountain Ski Resort, Dubuque, Iowa Sundown is a beautiful BIG Mountain in a natural setting that resembles Colorado where friends and family can get together to renew and recharge their lives. It is just a few miles west of … [Read more...]

DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART – Dubuque, Iowa

    DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART - Dubuque, Iowa Description – This museum originally was located in a “work of art,” an Egyptian Revival structure built in 1858 as the County Jail. It was constructed of gray native limestone … [Read more...]