Mathias Ham House

Historic Buildings of Iowa | Clip
Nov 21, 2022 | 8 min

In 1833, when settlers were allowed to cross the Mississippi into Iowa, Mathias Ham became one of Dubuque's first residents. At his wife's request, who quickly grew tired of log cabin living, he spent the next 20 years building a beautiful estate. Today the Ham home is a monument to its time period and is open to visitors to learn about Dubuque when it was in its infancy.