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The handsome town of Dubuque, overlooked by rocky bluffs on the Mississippi around 150 miles west of Chicago, was founded as the first white settlement in Iowa by French-Canadian lead miners in 1788. In the nineteenth century it became a boisterous river port and logging center. Buildings from this era still stand, but the companies that use them are in meatpacking and other food industries. The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (daily 10am–5pm; $10.50) at Third Street in the old Ice Harbor area, tells the story of Mississippi navigation from the days of Robert Fulton's first commercial …
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