Key West, Iowa
|Elevation||820 ft (250 m)|
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Key West is an unincorporated community in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, near the extreme southern end of the city of Dubuque. Parts of the community are now within the city of Dubuque, while others are unincorporated. Owing to the presence of U.S. Highways 151, 61, and 52, and the nearby Dubuque Regional Airport, the area is home to a growing number of businesses. Some of these are high tech companies being built in the Dubuque Technology Park, to the east. Development in the area will likely increase rapidly following the planned construction of the city's Southwest Arterial, an extension of Iowa Highway 32.
The village does have a number of local establishments that allow it to maintain a certain degree of autonomy. It has its own church, St. Joseph's - Key West Catholic Church, a school (Table Mound Elementary), a cemetery (Mt. Olivet), Fire/EMS department, and a hotel (Econo Lodge Inn & Suites).
The little town of Key West, Iowa, was settled in 1834, only a year after Dubuque's opening. There was plenty of timber, prairie land and streams for water in section 12 of Table Mound Township, in Dubuque County, on the road that became the Old Military Road.
The town was named because it was considered the main egress from Dubuque westward.
Information on Key West's beginnings is from the book My Old Dubuque by Len Kruse
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