East Dubuque, Illinois

Jo Daviess County


East Dubuque is located in the northwest corner of the U.S. state of Illinois in Jo Daviess County. In the census of 2000 the town had 1995 inhabitants. East Dubuque is located on the Mississippi River opposite the much larger city of Dubuque, Iowa. Both cities are the over the Julien Dubuque Bridge - named after the French explorer Julien Dubuque - leading U.S. Highway 20.


After the area was first settled by Native Americans, the first white explorers in the 17th century is with Nicolas Perrot appeared there. The first known white settlers were the French Julien Dubuque and Stephen Dubois in 1787.

In 1832 Eleazer and Diadamia Frentress were the first couple to be settled permanently. In the same year the Reverend Crummer and James held the first religious services in makeshift schoolhouse on the grounds of the Frentress - farm. The settlement, which was called Dunleith (after a Scottish town ), developed very rapidly in the 19th century. In 1877, the name was changed to East Dubuque.

The connection to the railroad brought land speculators, hoteliers and boatmen in the place. Captain Merry Merry was the well-known building on the main street of the village, the Sinsinawa Avenue building. The success of his company founded on the ferry service from people and cargo across the Mississippi.

In 1868 a railway bridge over the Mississippi River was constructed, bringing the lucrative trade and the hotel business came to a standstill. 1887 was built parallel to the railway and a road bridge.

In the time of prohibition between 1919-1933 East Dubuque was known for his secret Whisk ( e) y distilleries and a variety of Speak Easy's.

In 1943, then known Julien Dubuque Bridge of their provision was passed. This was with the length of 1756 meters, at the time one of the longest bridges across the Mississippi.


East Dubuque is located at 42 ° 29'28 " north latitude and 90 ° 38'28 " west longitude.

The city is located on the Mississippi River on the border between Wisconsin and Illinois. On the opposite bank is the city of Dubuque, Iowa.

East Dubuque has spread area of ​​5.5 km ², which is 5.3 km ² on land and 0.2 km ² water surface.

Demographic data

In the census of 2000 a population of 1,995 was determined. They lived distributed to 864 households in 527 families. The population density was 373.9 / km ². There were 932 buildings, which corresponds to a density of 174.7 / km ².

The population was in 2000 from 99.10 % White, 0.15 % African American, 0.20 % Asian, 0.05% Indians and 0.20 % other. 0.30 % said to be descended from at least two of these groups. 1.05 % of the population were Hispanics who belonged to the various of the aforementioned groups.

23.3% were under the age of 18, 8.8 % from 18 to 24, 28.4 % 25-44, 23.5% from 45 to 64 and 16.0 % 65 and older. The average age was 38 years. For every 100 females were statistically 105.9 men in the over 18 -year-olds 99.2.

The median income of $ 35,099, the average family income at $ 45,924. Men's income averaged $ 31,010, and for women about $ 19,459. The per capita income was $ 20,984. Approximately 2.1 % of families and 4.3 % of the total population were below the poverty line income.

Famous people

Arthur Joseph O'Neill - Roman Catholic Bishop of Rockford