Maquoketa is a small town with a long history. With roots dating back to 1838, the city began as a stopping point for early pioneers as they journeyed westward. Since then, Maquoketa has grown modestly but retains its small-town charm. Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors has plenty of real estate options and homes for sale in Maquoketa, IA for you to choose from. Continue browsing this page to see all houses for sale in Maquoketa, IA and if you need to do a little more research before buying, check out the pages below for additional options.
Maquoketa is a small town located in Jackson County with a population of 6,141 according to the 2010 census. It sits right in between the Quad Cities and Dubuque which makes a quick trip to either location for events and getaway spots.
The first permanent European-American settlers at this location arrived in 1838. The site was on the banks of the Maquoketa River at the junction of the Davenport-Dubuque mail and stage route with the east-west route that pioneers used going west.
Because of the river, there was also waterpower available to operate mills. Originally, the community was named Springfield. However, due to the large number of towns with this name, it was changed to Maquoketa in 1844. The name is derived from Indian words that, according to different sources, mean bear, little bear or Bear River. The town was incorporated in 1853.
Nicknamed the Timber City, the town covers an area of 3.45 square miles. Maquoketa enjoys all of the economic benefits of being directly in between the Quad Cities and Dubuque. Each year Maquoketa hosts the Jackson County fair which brings everyone in the county together. Maquoketa offers small town living at its finest.
Maquoketa and the surrounding area offer many attractions. The Jackson County Fair has been held at the fairgrounds since 1854. It attracts about 20,000 people every year. The area offers opportunities for hiking, boating, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing and camping. The Hurstville Lime Kilns, which were built in the 1870s and operated until the 1930s, are about two miles northwest of town. Beyond the kilns, the Maquoketa Caves State Park is six miles northwest of town. In addition, for nostalgia fans, Maquoketa has one of the few remaining operating drive-in movie theaters in the U.S.