DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A World War II ship that drew thousands of tourists to the Port of Dubuque also helped out other businesses.
This Landing Ship Tank from World War II is stopped in Dubuque for tours. (Allison Wong, KCRG-TV9)
The USS LST 325 docked at the Port on Wednesday, August 22 and left Tuesday, August 28.
According to Travel Dubuque, 16,620 people toured the historic ship. Of that number, it's estimated that 75% of those visitors were from outside at least 50 miles outside of Dubuque.
Wendy Scardino with the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium said the ship gave the museum a boost in attendance.
"Over Saturday and Sunday we saw 4,000," Scardino said. "Roughly 4,000 individuals here to the facility and when you factor in Friday and Monday attendance, we saw additional numbers higher than 4,000."
She added, "it was also a really wonderful opportunity to have two things going on in the Port dealing with history, which is really exciting for us as well.”
Travel Dubuque estimates the economic impact from the event is $1.8 million.