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EAGLE POINT FERRY. In August, 1883. the council granted to John Reugamer, John Trexler, J. P. Schroeder, John Klein, Frank Schroeder and George Fengler, for a period of twenty-five years, free license and full right to operate a ferry to be known as "Eagle Point Ferry," from a place near Eagle Point, at Division street, across the river to the Wisconsin shore. (1) In 1890 the city council approved paying the company $800 if it remained in operation until the river iced over. (2) In August the sale of the boat was postponed two weeks while donations were collected to raise its indebtedness. (3)

The name also applied to a steamer owned by Richard KIMBEL. The Eagle Point was used for transporting goods, ferrying, and excursions along the MISSISSIPPI RIVER. When new the Eagle Point was valued at $7,000. It caught fire in October 1891 when it was insured for $1,500. (4) On June 13, 1894 the boat was burned to the water's edge at the KIMBEL PARK landing. The assistance of the crews of two other boats, the Chauncey Lamb and the Linehansen, could not save it. (5)



1. Oldt, Franklin T. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Online: http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/franklin-t-oldt/history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl/page-21-history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl.shtml (Number 21)

2. "Another Electric Company," Dubuque Daily Herald, June 5, 1890, p. 4

3. "Local News in Brief," Dubuque Daily Herald, August 28, 1890, p. 4

4. "A Ferry Finished by Fire," Dubuque Daily Herald, October 27, 1891, p. 4

5. "The Ferry Boat Burned," Dubuque Daily Herald, June 14, 1894, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=_OG5zn83XeQC&dat=18940614&printsec=frontpage&hl=en