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.