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Julien Dubuque Monument

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1897, Alex Simplot. South end of Julien Dubuque Dr.
  • Julien Dubuque Monument
  • Julien Dubuque Monument
  • Julien Dubuque Monument

One encounters what would appear to be a folly in an eighteenth-century English garden 180 feet above the Mississippi River. It is a limestone tower built in 1897 to honor the French founder of Dubuque. The romantic crenellated tower was meant to be experienced as a “castle on the Rhine,” 24 and indeed it has some of that quality.


Wilkie, Dubuque on the Mississippi, 105.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Julien Dubuque Monument", [Dubuque, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 92-92.

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