Historic Dubuque Marker – Dubuque, IA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 42° 28.127 W 090° 38.887
15T E 693346 N 4704506
Quick Description: This historical marker is on the grounds of Mines of Spain State Park.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 6/21/2013 11:34:26 AM
Waymark Code: WMHBTY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 3

Long Description:
This historical marker is on the grounds of Mines of Spain State Park. Its text reads as follows:

“Historic Dubuque -- the Key City of Iowa -- formed a part of what became French Louisiana when Joliet and Marquette paddled by in 1673. Perrot taught the Miami Indians how to mine lead here in 1690. France ceded Louisiana west of the Mississippi to Spain in 1762, placing this area under Spain. Frenchmen mined lead here during the American Revolution.

“The Fox Indians granted Julien Dubuque the right to work the lead mines in 1788 and this right was confirmed by a Spanish Land Grant in 1796. Dubuque, the first permanent settler in Iowa, died in 1810. His tomb is on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi below Dubuque.

“Sturdy lead miners drew up the Miner’s Compact (the first code of laws in Iowa) on this site in 1830. Permanent white settlement began here in 1833 following the withdrawal of the Fox Indians. The first survey of the city limits was made that fall.

“Dubuque is a city of many firsts -- the first church and the first murder and public hanging (1834), the first newspaper and the first bank (1836). The town was incorporated in 1836. Dubuque, city and county, had 31,164 inhabitants in 1860.

“Erected 1967 by State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa State Highway Commission.”
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