Landmarks


 

Julien Dubuque's Grave

Setup Space:  Room for several artists to spread out but space limited for some sightlines

Restrooms:  Not available

Food:  None nearby

 

 

 

4th Street Elevator

Dubuque's 3 ft narrow gauge funicular railway, with claims to be shortest in the world

Need to Know: $3 round trip.

Setup Space: Sidewalks

Restrooms: Public restroom at 5th and Bluff, 1 block away.

Food: Near many downtown restaurants.

 

 

Dubuque Shot Tower

The Shot Tower is a tapered masonry column standing 120'5" above current ground level. Seven stories (82’11”) are of Galena Dolemite stone, and the upper three stories (37’6”) are of soft red brick.  The masonry walls reduce from a three foot thickness at the base to one foot at the top. The base measures 19’2” square, the cap 12’4” square. 

Lead was melted at the base of the tower, hoisted to the top, and poured through screens of different gauges to water vats below. The shot was then sorted and packed. When completed, the tower could produce 6 to 8 tons of shot daily, but it was rarely operated at full capacity due to being bought by a competitor 1862.

Setup Space: Be creative; stay out of truck routes

Restrooms: Brewery building on Riverwalk

Food: Stone Cliff Winery nearby

 

Wartburg Seminary

Lutheran seminary is also a landmark from a distance.  Interesting footnote - composer Felix Mendellsohn was born to a prominent Jewish family which converted to Lutheranism when he was 7.  His great grandson, Paul Leo, a Lutheran pastor, was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp because of his Jewish bloodline, but somehow someone in the church got him out.  He was evicted from Germany, emigrated to Argentina, and eventually came to the US and joined the Wartburg faculty.  His wife, Eva, had studied metalwork in Germany and designed a beautiful set of copper doors that have recently been moved to the inside of the building due to wear.  If you paint here, enter the front doors to view.  The Au used to climb the tower to the clock as a kid, but it is now closed off from the public.

Setup Space: Plentiful

Restrooms: Enter front entrance

Food: None available in area