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Encyclopedia Dubuque


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HOT AIR BALLOONS. Several accounts exist of early residents of Dubuque soaring into the air using hot air balloons.

In October, 1863, Professor Steiner ascended in a balloon on Main street, between Seventh and Eighth ; reached an altitude of 10,000 feet, passed southeastward down the river, was visible for forty minutes, and landed safely near Bellevue ; he used city gas to carry him aloft.



Oldt, Franklin T. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/franklin-t-oldt/history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl/page-17-history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl.shtml