Most people in the area pronounce DuBois as "do-boys," but you're welcome to put your own spin on it. The village of DuBois is located 10.7 miles southeast of Pawnee City via Highway 50.
The chief engineer for the Rock Island Railroad, Captain Charles J. DuBois, platted the town in 1886. At one point, eight trains a day traveled the line through the village. The DuBois Post Office was established in 1887, and rural mail delivery began in 1904.
By 1921, a brick school had been built in DuBois to replace the log cabin south of town that had served as its only school from the 1860s. The last high school class graduated from the brick school building in 1954.
Two churches were established, the United Brethren in Christ in 1887 and the United Methodist in 1889. The Methodist church was moved to its current location in 1905, and the two churches merged in 1945.
The current businesses in DuBois include the State Bank of DuBois (a branch of the State Bank of Table Rock), a service station that pumps your gas for you, a grain elevator, a tavern, a cafe, a beauty salon and barber, a custom welding business, an ag machinery repair, and a laundromat.
Photo: DuBois Community Center
The recently-completed Community Center hosts church potluck dinners, community celebrations, and private events. A small meeting room is available for a fee. The town park is situated next door and features playground equipment and a shelter with picnic tables.
On a rural road between Pawnee City and DuBois is the ZCBJ Hall, an historic Czech meeting hall where dances and other events are held throughout the year. Iron Horse Lake, Prairie Knoll State Wildlife Management Area, and South Fork Reservoir are nearby for those who enjoy nature watching and outdoor activities.
Iron Horse Lake
ZCBJ Czech Hall
State Bank of Table Rock
DuBois Bar & Grill