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WASHINGTON GARDENS. The 1870-1871 Dubuque City Directory stated that this site, one of Dubuque's BEER GARDENS, could be found on the northeast corner of Eagle Point Avenue and White. John M. Calonder was the proprietor.

The Gardens was the scene of a military reunion in 1872. Members of the 21st Iowa Infantry visited the former site of CAMP FRANKLIN and then returned to the Gardens for lunch. In the evening, an event was planned at the TREMONT HOUSE.

AFRICAN AMERICANS on August 2, 1873, according to the Daily Herald, celebrated Emancipation Day. With the headline, "Black Friday: The Colored Fourth of July in Dubuque," the newspaper noted a "grand parade" at a picnic at Washington Gardens.

On July 4, 1874 one of the leading attractions advertised in the newspaper was to be "star and target shooting. (1)

The 1884-1885 Dubuque City Directory listed the corner of Eagle Point Avenue and Jackson as the address.



1. "Little Crusaders," Dubuque Herald, July 3, 1874, p. 4