Old Jail Museum - Dubuque IA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 42° 30.064 W 090° 39.889
15T E 691874 N 4708053
Quick Description: Completed in 1858, the jail is an example of the uncommon Egyptian Revival style. The Dubuque County Historical Society took over operations, turning the gallery into the Old Jail Museum
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 9/8/2015 2:54:58 AM
Waymark Code: WMPJFN
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 1

Long Description:
The main architect, John F. Rague, also designed the 1837 Old Capitol of Illinois and the 1840 Territorial Capitol of Iowa.

The first Dubuque County, Iowa jail was a stone building nicknamed the "calaboose" built in 1836. It was succeeded by a log building at the corner of 8th and Clay Streets that was intended to be built as a county courthouse. By 1855, it was apparent that a larger structure was needed. On April 1, 1856, citizens of the county voted to approve the construction of the current structure for $40,000. On April 17, the construction contract was awarded to David Armstrong. Rague & Drake designed the structure

The jail was declared a National Historic Landmark on May 28, 1987.

The museum exhibits part of the Society's collection of local history artifacts, as well as a sound and light show, "The Hanging of Patrick O'Connor", about a local murder and execution which occurred 20 yards (18 m) from the jail. It is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Source: (visit link)
36 East 8th St.,
Dubuque, IA

Open to the public: Yes

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day

Fees?: Not listed

Web link: Not listed

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