Maquoketa Middle School
|Nickname(s): Timber City|
|Motto: One of a Kind|
Location of Maquoketa, Iowa
|• Mayor||Don Schwenker|
|• Total||4.37 sq mi (11.32 km2)|
|• Land||4.33 sq mi (11.21 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|Elevation||702 ft (214 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||6,083|
|• Density||1,418.2/sq mi (547.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0458789|
U.S. Route 61 adjoins the city, which therefore benefits from traffic between Dubuque 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.
The population was 6,141 at the 2010 census.
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In 1838, six years before Iowa became a state, J.E. Goodenow and Lyman Bates came to this location, bought some land and built a log cabin.
On June 4, 1840, J.E. Goodenow was appointed as the Post Master of the original U.S. Post Office located here and it was named "Springfield" after J.E. Goodenow's home town in Vermont. As time went on, there was a problem because of the large number of towns and cities already in the country with the name of Springfield, so that mail was being sent to the wrong post offices. John Shaw, Rev. William Salter, and J.E. Goodenow petitioned the Post Office Department for a change of name to “Maquoketa”. It was changed by March 13, 1844. Maquoketa is a Meskwaki [Native American tribe] compound word meaning "bear were here". 'Maquo' [a French spelling pronounced mahk-wah] means "bear" and 'keta' [an English spelling pronounced keh-tah] means "previously, formerly, there were, etc." In 1853, the town was incorporated. The historic Hurstville Lime Kilns are located just north of the city. The Maquoketa Dam sits on the river east of the city. This area is called Lake Hurst, the lake at one time was a thriving area in the 1920's but the lake silted in and the famous dance hall burned forever sealing its fate. Some abandoned vacation homes are scattered about the area.
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,141 people, 2,655 households, and 1,612 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,418.2 inhabitants per square mile (547.6 /km2). There were 2,856 housing units at an average density of 659.6 per square mile (254.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 1.3% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.
There were 2,655 households of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.3% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.88.
The median age in the city was 41 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 19.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,112 people, 2,614 households, and 1,599 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,773.3 people per square mile (684.0/km²). There were 2,797 housing units at an average density of 811.5 per square mile (313.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.10% White, 0.16% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.
There were 2,614 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.
Age spread: 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,984, and the median income for a family was $36,705. Males had a median income of $25,819 versus $19,421 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,360. About 9.1% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.
Maquoketa is located at  primarily in Jackson County.(42.066901, −90.666238),
Maquoketa is governed by the Mayor with city council form of government, utilizing several departments, boards, and commissions.
The council votes on and passes motions, resolutions and ordinances. Resolutions are statements of policy and ordinances are the laws of the city. The votes of each council member are recorded in the minutes of the meeting. The council also approves expenditures and the budget, contracts, city policies and zoning changes.
The mayor is Don Schwenker. The mayor is the chief executive officer of the city and presides over council meetings.
The city council elected officials are (listed by seniority);
- Eric Pape (2009)
- Amy Moore (2010)
- Cory Simonson (2011)
- Jerry Bowen (2011)
- Troy Thede (2011)
- Joshua Collister (2012)
- Edgar Turney (2013)
The day-to-day operations of the city of Maquoketa are run by the city manager Brian Wagner. 
The Maquoketa Middle School is the oldest school building in Maquoketa due to it being built in 1922 after the previous structure burned down, formally a home to a junior high, high school and junior college. The school has approximately 375 students, grades 6 through 8, with a staff of over 60 educators and administrators.
Briggs Elementary School, built in 1954, is named after Ansel Briggs, the first Governor of Iowa, who was an early settler in Jackson County. The school has approximately 300 students, grades 3 through 5, with a staff of 35 educators and administrators.
Cardinal Elementary School, built in 1974, started as a school for grades 1 through 6. Gradual changes were made to the building and the grade levels taught. The decision to teach only kindergarten through 2nd grade was implemented at Cardinal in May 2002. The school has a staff of 37 educators and administrators.
Sunshine Preschool and Daycare is a nonprofit organization started in 1973. All children age 6 months up to 12 years of age including those with disabilities are accepted. Currently (see references) there are 145 children with 30 staff.
Clinton Community College added a Maquoketa campus right next to the Maquoketa High School. The campus is located at 501 W. Washington Street. The 11,000 square foot facility opened in 2009 and offers associate's degrees and non-credit training. They also offer classes to high school students to supplement their high school education and give them an early start upon graduating from high school.
- Maquoketa Caves State Park
- Hurstville Lime Kilns, north of Maquoketa
- Jackson County Iowa Historical Society
- Clinton Engines Museum
- 61 Drive-in theater One of the few remaining outdoor theaters in the United States.
- The town also holds host to a historic district containing many great examples of Victorian architecture.
The town also attracts many Presidential candidates, despite its size in the 2008 and 2012 elections. 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama visited the town twice during his campaign and again while President on August 16, 2011.
- Norris Brown, Senator from Nebraska
- Craig Callahan, professional basketball player
- Betty Francis, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
- Herbert E. Hitchcock, Senator from South Dakota
- Matthew Luckiesh, physicist
- Junius Ralph Magee, former Methodist bishop
- Eben Martin, former U.S. Representative
- Robert A. Millikan, Nobel Prize laureate
- Sage Rosenfels, former quarterback in the NFL
- George Homer Ryan, former Governor of Illinois
- William Welch, originated the printing of high school diplomas
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- "Official Maquoketa City Website". City Council. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Maquoketa Community School District". homepage. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "Maquoketa High School". homepage. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Maquoketa Middle School". homepage. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Briggs Elementary School". homepage. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Cardinal Elementary School". homepage. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Sacred Heart Elementary School". homepage. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Private School Review". for Sacred Heart Elementary School. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Little Shepherd Christian Preschool". homepage. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
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