Cross the Mississippi River’s 7,392 foot bridge
Located on the cliffs of the Mississippi, East Dubuque is connected to Dubuque, Iowa by one of the longest tied-arch and cantilevered bridges ever built. Public marinas, lively pubs, Gramercy Park and a 45-hole golf course make this a worthy stop.
What activities are there to do in East Dubuque?
As the northern gateway to the Great River Road in Illinois, East Dubuque has much to offer regardless of the season: from golfing 45-holes at Lacoma Golf Course, to fine dining at Timmerman’s Supper Club, or visiting the Hopewell Indian Mounds at Gramercy Park. There is also the seasonal Dunleith Park District and Pool which features picnic tables, grills, restrooms, a playground and a swimming pool.
What historic attractions does East Dubuque offer?
East Dubuque is rich in history; one that includes the Hopewell Indians, railroad tycoons, ferryboat kings, and the Roaring Twenties with Al Capone. The legendary Merry Building on Sinsinawa Avenue was once a popular stop for people and cargo to cross the Mississippi River and also served as a stop on the underground railway for slaves. Some of East Dubuque’s first permanent settlers are laid to rest in the Frentress Family Cemetery. Plus nearby Gramercy Park is the site of 26 ceremonial and burial mounds from the Hopewell Native American culture.
What is the “Strip” and how was Al Capone tied to East Dubuque?
When most people think of East Dubuque, they think of the downtown “Strip.” Many of the nightclubs and neighborhood bars here are left over from the Prohibition, which ties to another interesting piece of East Dubuque’s history. East Dubuque remained a “wet” town until 1919, when prohibition became federal law. After that, many speakeasies, gambling halls, and whiskey stills popped up throughout the countryside, and it’s said that Al Capone and other “outstanding” citizens were involved.
How was the East Dubuque bridge built?
East Dubuque clings to the Mississippi bluffs and spreads along its flats. In 1943, the Julien Dubuque Bridge, named for one of the community’s first settlers, was built across the river to connect the city with Dubuque, Iowa. At 7,392 feet in length, it remains one of the longest tied-arch and cantilevered spans ever built. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.