Centennial History of Guthrie County, Iowa

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In writing a history of Guthrie county, a brief sketch of the State will not be out of place. The first settlement in the State of Iowa was made by a colony of miners from Prairie du Chein, under Julien Dubuque, in 1788, one hundred and fifteen years after the discovery of these shores by Marquette and Joliet.

Iowa, at the time of this settlement, was a part of the Spanish province of Louisiana.