DescriptionTranslated from a Native American term for “bear river,” Maquoketa was a stop for westbound wagon trains 1840-70 before they crossed the Maquoketa River via ferry. Steamboats regularly plied the river, once navigable from the site of today's SR 64 bridge to the Mississippi. Maquoketa now prospers as a cattle-raising and dairying center.
Jackson County Historical Museum, E. Quarry Street at the fairgrounds, recalls the town's 19th-century beginnings. The complex includes a general store, country school, smithy, church and period rooms; phone (563) 652-5020.
Visitor InfoMaquoketa Area Chamber of Commerce 124 S. Main St. MAQUOKETA, IA 52060. Phone:(563)652-4602 or (800)989-4602
Things to SeeMaquoketa Caves State Park