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CLARK AND COWLES. Around the end of the CIVIL WAR, Dubuque became a center of lumbering activities on the Upper Mississippi River. Clark and Cowles operated for several years until the declining supplies of timber and fires caused a decline in the industry.

In 1867 in addition to their saw mill, Clark and Cowles was the only tub and pail manufacturer in Iowa. In that year, the company turned out 1,400,000 feet of lumber, 800,000 lath, and 125,000 pails and tubs for a total value of $70,000. The firm employed twenty-eight. (1)

The 1868-69 through 1873-74 Dubuque City Directory listed the Seventh Street Extension.



1. "The Manufacturing Interest," Dubuque Daily Herald, December 15, 1867, p. 4. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jMZCAAAAIBAJ&sjid=casMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3423,6144162&dq=shot+manufacturing+dubuque&hl=en