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Astronomically this week: 9-19-2017 in Dubuque

Sunday September 17, 2017 Venus quincunx Chiron 3:16AM EDT, Mars sextile Hades 3:37AM EDT, sun enters sidereal Virgo 12:53PM EDT, Uranus square Ceres 6:24PM EDT

Monday September 18, 2017 Venus trine Uranus 00:26AM EDT, sun square Cupido 10:53PM EDT

Tuesday September 19, 2017 Mercury contra-parallel Jupiter 1:40AM EDT, sun opposes Chiron 3:32AM EDT, Mercury sextile Kronos 6:32AM EDT, sextile Poseidon 5:52PM EDT and opposes Neptune 11:49PM EDT

Wednesday September 20, 2017 Venus contra-parallel Pallas 00:03AM EDT, New Moon 1:29AM EDT at 27°Vir27′, sun quincunx Uranus 6:20AM EDT, Venus enters tropical Virgo 10:30AM EDT and square Admetos 12:02PM EDT, Mars contra-parallel Jupiter 2:16PM EDT, Venus sextile Apollon 7:42PM EDT, Mercury trine Pallas 9:21PM EDT

Thursday September 21, 2017 Venus contra-parallel Apollon 00:55AM EDT, Mercury contra-parallel Neptune 1:58AM EDT, Venus conjunct Transpluto 9:11AM EDT and contra-parallel Juno 8:15PM EDT, sun sextile Ceres 8:44PM EDT

Friday September 22, 2017 Mercury contra-parallel Zeus 00:20AM EDT and trine Pluto 2:01PM EDT, Chiron square Cupido 9:01PM EDT.   Sun enters Libra – Fall Equinox at 4:02 EDT.  Moon in Scorpio.

Saturday September 23, 2017 Mars sextile Kronos 00:38AM EDT, Jupiter quincunx Chiron 4:28AM EDT and sextile Cupido 6:22AM EDT, sun sextile Vulcanus 6:34AM EDT and enters tropical Libra 8:27AM EDT, sun trine Admetos 10:06AM EDT, Venus parallel Transpluto 3:04PM EDT.  Ceres enters Leo at 10:45 PM.

Sunday September 24, 2017 Venus trine Juno 00:11AM EDT, Mars sextile Poseidon 6:41AM EDT and opposes Neptune 3:49PM EDT, Venus trine Astraea 5:53PM EDT.  Ceres enters Leo 1:45 PDT.  Moons enters Sagittarius 9:01 PM.


Dubuque is opposite the boundary between Wisconsin and Illinois. Pop. (1890) 30,311; (1900) 16,297; (1905, state census) 41,941 (including 6835 foreign-born, the majority of whom were German and Irish) (1910U.S. census) 38,494.

As early as 1788 Julien Dubuque (1765-1810), attracted by the lead deposits in the vicinity,  then being crudely worked by the Sauk and Fox Indians, settled here and carried on the mining industry until his death.

In June 1829 miners from Galena, Illinois, attempted to make a settlement here in direct violation of Indian treaties, but were driven away by United States troops under orders from Colonel Zachary Taylor. Immediately after the Black Hawk War, that happened in the  Illinois and Michigan area, white settlers began coming to the mines. Dubuque was laid out under an act of Congress approved on the 2nd of July 1836, and was incorporated in 1841

The city is served by the Illinois Central, the Chicago, Milwaukee & Saint Paul (which has repair shops here), the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, and the Chicago Great Western railways; it also has a considerable river traffic. The river is spanned here by a railway bridge and two wagon bridges.

The business portion of the city lies on the low lands bordering the river; many of the residences are built on the slopes and summits of bluffs commanding extensive and picturesque views. Among the principal buildings are the Carnegie-Stout free public library (which in 1908 had 23,600 volumes, exclusive of the valuable Senator Allison collection of public documents), the public high school, and the house of the Dubuque Club.

Dubuque is a Roman Catholic archiepiscopal see, and the seat of St Joseph’s College (1873), a small Roman Catholic institution; of Wartburg Seminary (1854), a small Evangelical Lutheran theological school; of the German Presbyterian Theological School of the Northwest (1852); of St Joseph’s Ladies’ Academy; and of Bayless Business College. Fifteen miles from Dubuque is a monastery of Trappist monks.

Among the city’s charitable institutions are the Finley and the Mercy hospitals, a home for the friendless, a rescue home, a House of the Good Shepherd, and an insane asylum. In 1900 Dubuque ranked fourth and in 1905 fifth among the cities of the state as a manufacturing centre, the chief products being those of the planing mills and machine shops, andfurniture, sashes anddoors, liquors, carriages, wagons, coffins, clothing, boots and shoes, river steam boats, barges, torpedo boats, &c., and the value of the factory product being $9,279,414 in 1905 and $9,651,247 in 1900.

The city lies in a region of lead and zinc mines, quantities of zinc ore in the form of black-jack being taken from the latter. Dubuque is important as a distributing centre for lumber, hardware, groceries and dry-goods.

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