Excerpt from The Industries of Dubuque: Her Relations as a Trade Center
The earliest records of the brave and ambitious settler who came, 'mid danger and hardship, to seek his fortune in a wild and undeveloped country, arc full of interesting and exciting narrative, and we, of the present, arc in duty bound to hold sacred in our memory the names and chivalrous deeds of those who paved the thorny path which has proved a guiding star of wealth, peace and happiness to the present generation.
The natural course of events tends to revolutionize the past into a more enlivened and energetic future. The man of to-day is not the man of yesterday. Each succeeding period of time fain would bring us to a full realization of the wonderful progress of science and civilization.
It is here at the site of the picturesque City of Dubuque that the early settler came to seek home and riches. He appreciated the natural advantage of location, the rich and fertile soil surrounding on all sides, and the true grandeur of the scenery. He foresaw a prosperous future, although years of toil and hardship must necessarily intervene.
Inevitable Time has wielded his sickle of death, and there are left but few survivors to relate the tales and romances of earlier days. These, too, will soon be gathered with the others at rest, but on the pages of history may be found a golden imprint commemorating their names to posterity.
Dubuque was the first city permanently settled by white men in the State of Iowa. Father James marquisette and his associate, Mons. Joliet, were the enterprising adventurers who first beheld the towering, verdant hills, with the Mississippi, the Father of Waters, coursing leisurely between them. This was in 1673, over two centuries ago, and it was nearly a hundred years later before mission stations and trading posts were established at Kaskasia, St. Louis, and Prairie du Chien.
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