Kelly's Bluff

By Lonnie R. Speer
From page 48 of the September, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved


Kelly’s Bluff in Dubuque, Iowa, has been associated with legends of treasure since 1867. As early as 1868 and as late as l9l4 portions of that treasure have been found. Since then, the local papers have often made mention of the legend because research suggests that more treasure exists. In fact, the cache still available might involve as much as $36,500 in ten-and twenty-dollar gold pieces. The bluff is the namesake of emigrant Tom Kelly, an early resident who evolved into one of Dubuque’s most picturesque characters. Kelly was born in Kings County, Ireland, in 1808. Sometime afterward, his family crossed the Atlantic and settled in Montreal.
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