Tri-State History on AM 1370 KDTH

Voices of the Tri-States

March 9, 2018Frederick Douglass Orations in Dubuque and the 1884 National Military Encampment (Click here to listen)

May 3, 2018Native Americans in the Tri-State Area (Click here to listen)

June 6, 2018 – Native Americans and the Massacre at Sioux Bluff (Click here to listen)

July 16, 2018Abraham Lincoln visits Dubuque (Click here to listen)


Current Research Projects

There are a variety of research projects and articles I am working on.  If you have any insight or information regarding any of them, I would be interested in hearing from you.

Massacre at Sioux Bluff – Sioux Bluff, known today as Horse-shoe Bluff in the Mines of Spain Recreational Area south of Dubuque, Iowa was the scene of a conflict between the Meskwaki and Dakota where two hundred Dakota, including women and children, were massacred.  Many jumped or were thrown off the bluff to their death below.  Legend states their sun bleached bones could be seen down the Mississippi River for nearly a century.  I am trying to determine the date of the conflict.  Suggested dates range between 1732 and 1832.

Jesse James and Dubuque – Legend states the James-Younger gang passed through Dubuque on their way to Northfield, Minnesota in August 1876.  A variety of stories state part of the gang stayed in Durango, at the home of Presley Samuel; some say they stayed at Peter Fries hotel in Sherrill Mound, Iowa and others say they stayed at Breightbach’s in Balltown, Iowa.  Presley Samuel is the cousin to Frank and Jesse James’ stepfather, Reuben Samuel.

Black Hawk and a Sauk village in Dubuque – Unrelated evidence suggests Black Hawk, a great Sauk warrior, had more ties to Dubuque than periodically visiting and staying with the Meskwaki at the Dubuque lead mines, as he discusses in his autobiography.  Maps of the time show both Meskwaki and Sauk villages around the Dubuque area.  References in an early settler’s letters references Black Hawk Bluff between Dubuque and Sinnippee, Wisconsin Territory.  Legend states the old log cabin now at Eagle Point was built by a French trapper married to Black Hawk’s sister.  Another legend also states a young Sauk girl, Indian Kate (Eberle), found in Dunleith (East Dubuque), Illinois at the end of the Black Hawk War was the grand-daughter of Black Hawk.

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