Road Trip Part II "Dubuque"...

After spending a few hours in Galena, we drove across the Mississippi River to Dubuque, IA. Not exactly a tourist destination, nor a place I would likely visit again (intentionally that is), Dubuque did manage to take a couple of hours of our time. Aside from an empty downtown (the Walmart outside of town was packed), and a Casino which I didn't bother with, I managed to take quite a few pictures.

This garbage can reminds me of street furniture from the 70s. My question is, why is it locked?

One of the few interesting things in Dubuque can be found in the tourist haven of Cable Car Square (There is not square, and it isn't really a cable car). The Fenelon Place Elevator (completed in 1882) is sort of like a vertical lift (known as an "incline" in Pittsburgh). It lifts you up to the top of the bluff while the car at the top is lowered down.

At the top of the lift, you will find this vintage turnstile purchased at the 1893 Columbian Exposition here in Chicago.

At the top of the bluff a few blocks from the Fenelon Elevator, I stumbled upon this unusual house. I knew immediately that it was a Lustron Home from about 1950.

From the top of the bluff looking over the city, we could see the Dubuque County Court House. Completed in 1891, and fully restored in the 1970s, It is definitely the most striking building in the city.

The top has a statue of Justice.

And lastly, Michael found this great remnant of the past. Bireley's California Orangeade... mmm, sounds tasty!


Blogger -- I said...

Being an Iowa native, I'm not very fond of Dubuque myself. However, it makes for a good lunch stop on the way to the Dells ;-)

The cable cars are about the only thing of interest in that town, and once is enough.

But, there are some fantastic old buildings that would be perfect for a haunted house!

-- I

9/09/2005 11:08 AM  
Blogger Trudging said...

I grew up in Dubuque. I live on the East Coast now and have for years. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

12/14/2005 2:11 PM  

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