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Encyclopedia Dubuque


"Encyclopedia Dubuque is the online authority for all things Dubuque, written by the people who know the city best.”
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"Dubuque Looks Toward the Future" Illustration by Cyril Ferring from "The Story of Dubuque" (1946) Compliments of Carr, Adams and Collier. Submitted by Rachel Harpham

Welcome to Encyclopedia Dubuque! With tens of thousands of articles and images, Encyclopedia Dubuque is the most comprehensive online resource to the history and culture of Dubuque, Iowa.

Now Featuring: Ancestry.com

Funding came from a competitive award established by The City of Dubuque to make it possible for community-based groups to participate in the city's 175th anniversary year. This project was unanimously approved as one of 10 to receive funding from the 46 grant applications received.

Encyclopedia Dubuque is continuously revised and updated by Randolph W. LYON, author of the reference book, Dubuque: The Encyclopedia, the basis of this website. Special appreciation for contributions goes to Robert Joseph REDING, former owner of Bob's Antiques and Collectibles of Dubuque; Tom Sigwarth; Gerda Preston Hartman; Josephine Shea--Library Company of Philadelphia; Kathy Bower, National Senior Vice President-National Woman's Relief Corps; Larry HOELSCHER; Dave Arnold; Dan Konig; Mike Brooke; Dan Mcallister; Dr. Sheila McGinn; Mike Miller; Paul W. LEWIS; David Vanderah; Taylor Kellogg; Pamela Brandt; Jim Winter; Janet Lobianco; Heidi Pettitt; Christine Happ Olson; Tricia Baum; Brigid Berger; Andrew M. Harvey; Mantea Schmid; Carl Ingwalson; David J. Pilmaier; Gary L. Gansemer; Mike Avitt; Raphael (Ray) GRANT; Dr. Kristin Anderson-Bricker: Brice Nagelmaker: Rachel Harpham: Jeanne Kopf; Daniel Boland; Mac Kolar; David Ryan; James T. Yardley: Brother Xavier Werneth, S. C.; Earl Lester; Alex Wehrspann; Richard Vorwald; Mike Day; Kendall C. Day Family Collection; James Cox; Michelle Oberhoffer; Susan Bazelides; Dr. Brian Link; Susan Henricks, Director--Carnegie-Stout Public Library; Brad McGowan; Jeff Schroeder; Katherine Sullivan; Robert Willman; Gabrielle Martin; Robert Bonson; Dr. Darryl and Terry Mozena; Paul HEMMER; William Deibel; Lawrence (Larry) FRIEDMAN; Jim Massey; Bradley and Diane Chalmers; Joseph Jacobsmeier; Ken Kozak; Richard E. Dunbar; Ken Tully; Chee Wang Ng; Donald R. Kunz; Kenneth J. Arthofer; Paul Lembke; Gerald C. Gordon; Nelson Klavitter; Lyn Klavitter Jungblut; Sandy Massey-Meyer; Timothy Ahlgrim; Ralph SCHARNAU; John Hohnecker; William K. Hammel; Mike Larkin; Joe Schallan; Bob Johnsen; James SHAFFER; Neal Sprenglemeyer; Brian E. COOPER; Amy GILLIGAN and the Telegraph Herald; Craig Nowack for videos; CENTER FOR DUBUQUE HISTORY at LORAS COLLEGE; and Paul Beck and the Murphy Library Special Collections, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Extensive research, material, and editing has been provided by Judith K. Schwartz, Tom Larson, Andrea Wallis Aven, Jeff Gruber, Carole and Paul Porter, Michael Spautz, Richard G. Bridges, Catherine Page, Katherine FISCHER, John P. KLAUER, Diane Harris, Ryan Larson, John T. PREGLER, and Paul W. LEWIS.

Encyclopedia Dubuque is now offering GPS coordinates for those attempting to locate many graves of those who fought in the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. This information is being brought to you through the efforts of the Robert Mitchell Camp #206 SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR and the website Find-a-Grave.

          The Civil War virtual cemetery with more than 600 
          graves from Dubuque County of which over 85% have
          their GPS coordinates can be found at: 
          The Spanish-American War virtual cemetery with graves
          from Dubuque County featuring GPS coordinates can be 
          found at: 
          The Black Hawk War virtual cemetery with graves
          from Dubuque County featuring GPS coordinates can be 
          found at: 
          The virtual cemetery Native Dubuquers Who Died in World War I 
          (developed by Michael Spautz) can be found at: 
          The virtual cemetery Mexican War with graves found in Dubuque
          County (developed with Michael Spautz) can be found at:

In citing references to entries, newspaper pages are indicated by their appearance in the Carnegie-Stout Library ResCarta-Web reference and are not necessarily the actual page of the paper.


The research and writing would mean little if the website did not have expert attention from staff at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. For this our sincere appreciation goes to Michael May, Scott Schlichte, Jason M. Burds, Andrew Fuerste-Henry, and Amy Muchmore.

We appreciate your help in making Encyclopedia Dubuque comprehensive and accurate. If you believe we should add a subject or topic, have information or pictures to share, or if you notice any factual or typographical errors, please let us know.

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