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If only I knew the story behind this image. This print comes from a pack labeled "Dubuque" (Iowa). The setting is probably on the banks of the Mississippi River. Molo Sand & Gravel (left rear) remains in business today. The fate of the steamboat Donna Mae is unknown. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.