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BEER GARDENS. Beer gardens were select shaded areas where Dubuque residents in the 1800s and 1900s escaped the heat of summer. The Western Brewery at the western intersection of Julien Avenue and Delhi Street offered such a site.

Some of the other better known gardens included the Glab Gardens near the Glab brewery at the upper end of Central avenue; WESTERCAMP'S TAVERN; WASHINGTON GARDENS; the Rhomberg Gardens, near the end of Rhomberg Avenue in what was known as RHOMBERG PARK; the gardens which were a part of the old Shooting Park; the Stewart park (later UNION PARK) Gardens; and the TIVOLI GARDENS, north from Twenty-Second street to near Twenty-Fourth street on the west side of Central Avenue.



"An Old Dubuque Landmark," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, May 27, 1934, p. 9