LOCATING LINCOLN

Legend around Dubuque, Iowa, long held that Abraham Lincoln had visited Iowa’s oldest city in the 1850s. Until 2018, no one could say when Lincoln was in Dubuque or what the occasion was that brought him to the western banks of the Mississippi River.  Some speculated that Lincoln was in Dubuque in late 1858 or 1859 for a weekend respite while trying a legal case in Jo Daviess County Circuit Court in Galena, Illinois. But no one knew for certain. And so, the legend went. Read about it in John T. Pregler’s two-part series, “Locating Lincoln: Research confirms rumored trip to Dubuque in 1859” in the Iowa History Journal. Read it here.

Order your copies of the Iowa History Journal‘s two-part series by John T. Pregler, “Locating Lincoln: Research confirms rumored trip to Dubuque in 1859.

Part 1 – Locating Lincoln – March/April 2021 – Iowa History Journal. Click here to order.

Part 2 – Locating Lincoln – May/June 2021 – Iowa History Journal. Click here to order.


On April 6, 2021, John T. Pregler gave a lecture – HOMETOWN HOME RUNS – on Dubuque County baseball history in coordination with the Dubuque County Historical Society and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Click here to view the online virtual presentation.


Tri-State History on AM 1370 KDTH

Voices of the Tri-States

Listen to stories about Tri-State history on previous episodes of Voices of the Tri-States, hosted by our friend Cindy Kohlmann.  Click here to view and listen to past episodes.