Dubuque County, Iowa

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Dubuque County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 89,143, rising to 92,359 in 2007.[1] Its county seat is the city of Dubuque.[2] Dubuque County is coterminous with the Dubuque, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area,[3] and is the seventh largest county by population in the state. It is named for Julien Dubuque, the first European settler of Iowa.



Early history

Dubuque County is named for Julien Dubuque, the first European settler of Iowa, and an early lead mining pioneer in what is now Dubuque County. Dubuque was French Canadian, and had (by most accounts) a friendly relationship with the local Fox Tribe of Native Americans. He and other early pioneers established a lucrative mining and trading industry in the area. When lead deposits began becoming exhausted, the pioneers developed boat building, lumber yards, millworking, brewing, and machinery manufacturing to take its place.

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