One of the things I like about traveling is getting to try new things. One of the joys of revisiting familiar places is gauging how much has changed. Dubuque is one of the places that has changed quite a bit. I first visited Dubuque in 2007. In the decade since, the Hotel Julien has been
In 1932, the US Gross National Product dropped a record 13% and nearly one-quarter of the adult population was unemployed; in three years 40% of American banks had failed. In the first few weeks after his inauguration in March 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt launched a series of ambitious public works programs to get people working
The frontier priest traveled the Mississippi River to serve tiny parishes. His buildings still grace many rivertowns.
Looking toward Nauvoo, IL from Montrose, IA (photo taken Aug 2015). See more photos here. Nauvoo, IL from Montrose, IA
I crossed the Highway 136 bridge back into Iowa and worked my way down maddeningly slow Main Street in Keokuk, a highly engineered but poorly thought out road that put the stop in stoplight. I plodded along toward Montrose, hoping to get there before the local history museum closed at 4. Guillermo "Memo" Dominguez
Fog can envelop the Mississippi Valley any time of year, but there's something especially magical about those fall mornings when the air is colder than the water and wisps of mist drift up from the river. Those are the mornings I reach for a heavy jacket, fill my thermos with fresh coffee, and pick a spot to