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Updated on February 6, 2013

Maquoketa, Iowa

Maquoketa, nicknamed the "Timber City", is a city in Jackson County, Iowa, United States. The population was 6,112 at the 2000 census. The population as of the 2005 estimate had fallen to 6,025. Located on the Maquoketa River, it is the county seat of Jackson County. The name is pronounced muh-COKE-it-uh.

U.S. Route 61 adjoins the city, and the city benefits from traffic between Dubuque, Iowa and the Quad Cities. Iowa Highways 62 and 64 also pass through the city.

Maquoketa Caves State Park is located a few miles northwest of the city.

Maquoketa was founded in 1838 with the building of a log cabin by J.E. Goodenow and Lyman Bates. Originally it was called Springfield, but later decided to change its name on March 13 1844 to Maquoketa due to the fact that there were already numerous towns and cities named Springfield. In 1853 the town became incorporated. The historic Hurstville Lime Kilns are located just north of the city. The name derives from Indian words meaning Bear River.

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Notable natives

Robert A. Millikan Nobel Prize Winner (born in Illinois; went to high school in Maquoketa)

William Welch (printer), started the manufacture of high school diplomas

Norris Brown Senator of Nebraska

Matthew Luckiesh Physicist

George Homer Ryan Former Governor of Illinois

Dan Roberson Singer and Percussionist

Sage Rosenfels NFL Quarterback

Eric Juergens 2x NCAA Wrestling Champion

Robert J. Osterhaus Former Iowa State House Representative, Distinguished Alumni of the University of Iowa

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