Dubuque, Iowa

Episode #101

Dubuque is in Iowa, where Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois would meet if the Mississippi didn’t divide them. This was and is, first and foremost, a river town. The mighty Mississippi is worked, revered and enjoyed here by locals and visitors alike.

The region was designated as the Iowa Territory in 1838 and was included in the newly created State of Iowa in 1846. Dubuque serves as the main commercial, industrial, educational, and cultural center for the tri-state area and has a population of roughly 60 thousand.

Featured Locations, Businesses and Attractions

Monastery Candy

Address: 8318 Abbey Hill Lane, Dubuque, Iowa 52003

Phone: 866.556.3400

Website: monasterycandy.com

Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey is a cloistered, monastic community of Trappist nuns of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. Our main means of support is the production and sale of Monastery Candy.
Hotel Julien Dubuque

Address: 200 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Phone: 563.588.5561

Website: hoteljuliendubuque.com

Within walking distance of the Aquarium and in close proximity to the Crystal Lake Cave, the Hotel Julien is a stylish stay for a visit to Dubuque.
Dubuque Farmers Market

Address: 1200 Iowa Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Phone: 563.588.4400

Website: dubuquefarmersmarket.org

Operating since the 1840s, the Dubuque Farmers Market is the oldest of its kind in the state of Iowa. Open Saturday mornings May through September it offers locally sourced food products as well as arts and crafts. 
Brazen Open Kitchen

Address: 955 Washington Street #101, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Phone: 563.587.8899

Website: brazenopenkitchen.com

Located in the Historic Millwork District of Dubuque, Brazen offers a variety of craft beer and cocktails alongside an exciting and unique menu utilizing ingredients from local sources. 
Trappist Caskets

Address: 16632 Monastery Road, Peosta, Iowa 52068

Phone: 888.433.6934

Website: trappistcaskets.com

Offering a unique alternative to generic, mass-produced caskets, Trappist Caskets offers premium wood caskets handcrafted and blessed by the Trappist monks of New Melleray. The materials are also sustainably sourced from the monastery woods. 
Fenelon Place Elevator

Address: 512 Fenelon Place, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Phone: 563.582.6496

Website: fenelonplaceelevator.com

Coined as “the world’s steepest, shortest scenic railway”, the 296 foot Fenelon Elevator displays a view of the downtown Dubuque business district, the Mississippi River, and 3 states. 

“John McGivern’s Main Streets” is excited to announce the program’s second season will debut in January 2023 on PBS Wisconsin.

PBS Wisconsin is proud to welcome John back to both their air and streaming platforms. The show will also be offered to additional PBS stations in Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan.

Air dates, times and additional PBS stations will be announced later this year.