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On the Fourth of July 1831, Bassett released the bird after riveting around one of its legs a silver clasp that read," To Henry Clay, Louisville, Ky., from Wm. Bassett, Courtland Villa, Courtland County, N.Y." (3)
On July 11, 1831, according to a story that appeared in western newspapers, a large bald eagle was shot by a Native American on a towering bluff on the western shore of the MISSISSIPPI RIVER. (1) The eagle, measuring an immense seven feet three inches from wing-tip to wing-tip carried the silver band attached by Bassett in New York. Since that date, the site of the eagle's death has carried the name Eagle Point. (4)
In 1837 the area was laid out as a town established by Mathias HAM, Thomas MCCRANEY, F. K. O'FERRALL, and John Foley. A center of business activity, the area was the home of BOAT BUILDING, the EAGLE POINT FERRY and the EAGLE POINT LIME WORKS. (5)
In 1907 well-known park specialist Charles M. Robinson was quoted as saying: "I have never seen a place where the Almighty has doe more and mankind less than Dubuque." (6)
Below the Point and near where the Dubuque Municipal Swimming Pool was constructed in 1936 was EAGLE POINT BEACH.
1. Oldt, Franklin T. The History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, Online: http://books.google.com/books?id=u9xDAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA464&lpg=PA464&dq=Burton%27s+Furnace+%28dubuque+history%29&source=bl&ots=0CkCGLFR0v&sig=a0Ou1vN3ew6nQUYoq2aOJsXF9Mg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=j3HVT5XALaP42QXVp9iFDw&ved=0CGgQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=Burton%27s%20Furnace%20%28dubuque%20history%29&f=false (p. 525)
6. Chandler, Curt. "Eagle Point History," Telegraph Herald, May 21, 1978, p. 35