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Land Survey. The congressional act of July 2, 1836, for laying out Dubuque and Peru made the following requirements; "That lots and streets previously laid out should be properly observed; town lots to be not more than half an acre and outlets not over four acres each; lots to be offered at public sale within six months ; no town lot to be sold for less than $5; the lots to be divided into three classes according to relative value ; persons who had complied with the law as regards claims and improvements to have first chance to buy their lots; no person could buy more than four acres unless he had made actual improvements thereon; "that a quantity of land of proper width on the river banks of the towns of Dubuque and Peru and running with the river the whole length of said towns shall be reserved from sale (as shall also the public squares') for public use and remain forever for public use as public highways and for other public uses."

The original survey of the village embraced thirty-five blocks which were subdivided into 220 town lots.



Oldt, Franklin T. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company. http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/franklin-t-oldt/history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl/page-6-history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl.shtml

See: BURT, William Austin