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Gramercy Park

February 26th, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

About 13 miles from Cloran Mansion is Gramercy Park. It is located in East Dubuque, Ilinois, a quick drive down Route 20.

In many ways it is like any other neighborhood park tucked away in a residential community. A playground offers a place for kids. Houses look out over open land

Two things make this park unique. One is the view that it has out toward the Mississippi River and the Julien Dubuque Bridge. Picnic tables dot the perimeter of the park in warmer weather, making for a scenic outlook some 500 feet above the river and a nice place to enjoy a meal or snack.

The other distinction is a series of Indian burial mounds that date back about 2,000 years. From about 100 BC to 500 AD, the land was occupied by Hopewell Indians. There they buried members of their society, along with cultural artifacts like animal carvings, masks, vessels and beads.

In the nineteenth century, archeologists explored the mounds. Today the mounds remain as a testament to the people who once called this beautiful area home. For visitors who like to explore a little off the beaten path, Gramercy Park is a nice spot to see what is and reflect upon what once was.

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