Maquoketa, Iowa

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Maquoketa, Iowa
City
Maquoketa Middle School
Maquoketa Middle School
Nickname(s): Timber City
Motto(s): One of a Kind
Location of Maquoketa, Iowa
Location of Maquoketa, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°4′1″N 90°39′58″W / 42.06694°N 90.66611°W / 42.06694; -90.66611Coordinates: 42°4′1″N 90°39′58″W / 42.06694°N 90.66611°W / 42.06694; -90.66611
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Jackson[1]
Incorporated 1838
Government
 • Mayor Don Schwenker
Area[2]
 • 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)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 6,141
 • Estimate (2016)[4] 5,979
 • Density 1,418/sq mi (547.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 52060
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-49215
GNIS feature ID 0458789

Maquoketa (/məˈkkɪtə/) is a city in Jackson county in the U.S. state of Iowa. Located on the Maquoketa River, it is the county seat of Jackson County.[5]

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.

History[edit]

Maquoketa was originally called Springfield, and under the latter name was laid out in 1838.[6] The present name, after the Maquoketa River, was adopted in 1844.[6] The river's name derives from Maquaw-Autaw, which means "Bear River" in Meskwaki.[7]

The Davenport and St. Paul Railroad was extended to Maquoketa in 1870 prompting growth.[8] The county seat was transferred from Andrew to Maquoketa in 1873.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850168
18601,090548.8%
18701,75661.1%
18802,46740.5%
18903,07724.7%
19003,77722.7%
19103,570−5.5%
19203,6261.6%
19303,595−0.9%
19404,07613.4%
19504,3075.7%
19605,90937.2%
19705,677−3.9%
19806,31311.2%
19906,130−2.9%
20006,112−0.3%
20106,1410.5%
Est. 20165,979[4]−2.6%
Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] 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.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] 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.

Geography[edit]

Maquoketa is located at 42°4′1″N 90°39′58″W / 42.06694°N 90.66611°W / 42.06694; -90.66611 (42.066901, −90.666238),[10] primarily in Jackson County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.37 square miles (11.32 km2), of which, 4.33 square miles (11.21 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[2]

Government[edit]

Maquoketa is governed by the Mayor with city council form of government, with 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.[11]

Mayor

The mayor is Don Schwenker. The mayor is the city's chief executive officer and presides over council meetings.

PAST MAYORS from 1853 to 2009[citation needed]
  • 1853–1855 John E Goodenow
  • 1855–1856 Isaiah K Millard
  • 1856–1857 Rodger Pierre
  • 1857–1857 Zalmon Livermore
  • 1857–1858 Isaiah K Millard
  • 1858–1859 Albert Harrison
  • 1859–1862 Seneca S Germond
  • 1862–1864 Daniel S Haight
  • 1864–1866 Thomas E Cannell
  • 1866–1867 Col. Joseph J Woods
  • 1867–1868 Dr. John H Allen
  • 1868–1869 Gary Jacobson
  • 1869–1871 Dr. John H Allen
  • 1871–1872 Benjamin A Spencer
  • 1872–1873 Franklin Deskly
  • 1873–1874 Thomas E Cannell
  • 1874–1875 Henry Thompson
  • 1875–1876 Dudley M Hubbell
  • 1876–1878 William M Stephens
  • 1878–1879 Tom Goodenow
  • 1879–1881 Pearce Mitchell
  • 1881–1882 Thomas E Cannell
  • 1882–1884 Caleb M Sanborn
  • 1884–1886 Levi Keck
  • 1886–1887 Thomas E Cannell
  • 1887–1888 Caleb M Sanborn
  • 1888–1891 Matthew S Dunn
  • 1891–1892 Dr. Abraham B Dobson
  • 1892–1892 Dr. Amos S Hodge
  • 1892–1893 Harold P Harvey
  • 1893–1897 William M Stephens
  • 1897–1899 Caleb M Sanborn
  • 1899–1903 William M Stephens
  • 1903–1904 Harold P Harvey
  • 1904–1905 Frank D Kelsey
  • 1905–1909 Fred C Gregory
  • 1909–1917 Frederick W Myatt
  • 1917–1921 William C Morden, Jr.
  • 1921–1931 Dr. Fred J Swift, Sr.
  • 1931–1932 John B Harrison
  • 1932–1937 Stewart K Peake
  • 1937–1938 William J Pendray
  • 1938–1945 LeRoy C Schroeder
  • 1945–1951 Arthur W Sokol
  • 1951–1953 Lanvil Moler
  • 1953–1954 Harold D Keeley
  • 1954–1958 Benhart Jacobsen
  • 1958–1961 Ronald T Cahill
  • 1961–1964 Larry Schulte
  • 1964–1970 Benhart Jacobsen
  • 1970–1972 Samuel L. Johnson
  • 1972–1974 Benhart Jacobsen
  • 1974–1976 Edward Myatt
  • 1974–1976 Barbara A Wright [pro tem]
  • 1976–1977 Larry Schulte
  • 1977–1979 Lawrence P Despeghel
  • 1979–1982 Howard Elkins
  • 1982–1984 Allen R Barker
  • 1984–1989 Leighton Hepker
  • 1990–1991 Clifton Lamborn
  • 1992–1993 James J Hohnecker
  • 1994–1995 Clifton Lamborn
  • 1995–2001 Jack R Rosenberg
  • 2002–2009 Tom Messerli

City Council

The city council members are (listed by seniority):

  • Amy Moore (2010)
  • Cory Simonson (2011)
  • Joshua Collister (2012)
  • Chuck Current (2015)
  • Craig Orris (2015)
  • Kevin Kuhlman (2015)
  • Josh Smith (2016)

City Manager

Maquoketa's day-to-day operations are run by the city manager, Brian Wagner. [11]

Education[edit]

Public school[edit]

The Maquoketa Community School District, in partnership with the community, oversees the public school system of education for the city of Maquoketa and the surrounding area.[12]

The Maquoketa High School, home of the Cardinals, has enrollment of approximately 620 students, grades 9 through 12, with a staff of over 50 educators and administrators.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

Private[edit]

Sacred Heart Elementary School is a Catholic school teaching preschool through the sixth grade. The current school enrollment (see references) has 132 students and 20 staff.[17][18]

Preschools[edit]

The Little Shepherd Preschool operates in the lower levels of the First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa.[19]

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.[20]

College[edit]

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 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.[21]

Attractions[edit]

Hurstville Lime Kilns

Despite its size, the town also attracts many Presidential candidates. 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama visited the town twice during his campaign and again while President on August 16, 2011. The Old City Hall Gallery displays the oil paintings of International-known Maquoketa artist Rose Frantzen, whose exhibit "Portrait of Maquoketa", the oil paintings of 180 residents of Maquoketa, was once on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subcounty population estimates: Iowa 2000–2007" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 18, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ a b Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 98. 
  7. ^ "Maquoketa as the Centre of Trade". Maquoketa Jackson Sentinel. May 12, 1870. 
  8. ^ a b History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1. S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. 1910. p. 557. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ a b "Official Maquoketa City Website". City Council. Archived from the original on November 19, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Maquoketa Community School District". homepage. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  13. ^ "Maquoketa High School". homepage. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Maquoketa Middle School". homepage. Archived from the original on May 10, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Briggs Elementary School". homepage. Archived from the original on October 7, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Cardinal Elementary School". homepage. Archived from the original on May 10, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Sacred Heart Elementary School". homepage. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Private School Review". for Sacred Heart Elementary School. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Little Shepherd Christian Preschool". homepage. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  20. ^ "Sunshine Preschool and Daycare". homepage. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Clinton Community College". homepage. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  22. ^ "61 DRIVE-IN theater". Business website. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 

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