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Homesteading in Russell County


Dubuque was first settled by Polish immigrants after the end of the Civil War. These immigrants came from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Immigrants from German-Russian colonies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Dubuque, Iowa came shortly afterwards.

The town became official in 1887, twelve years after a post office was established on February 17, 1879. As faithful Catholics, the townspeople built the first church about one mile south of the present St. Catherine Catholic Church in the early 1870's. The present structure was built in 1901.

There were only a few stores and the post during the 1920's when Dubuque began losing its people and its status as a trade center. The only remains of the town are the church and nearby cemetery.


Fitzgerald, Daniel. "Ghost Towns of Kansas." Vol. 3. Daniel Fitzgerald, 1982.

Fitzgerald, Daniel. "Ghost Towns of Kansas." Lawrence, KS : University Press of Kansas, 1988.


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