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Woodland Indian Mounds dotting the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River attest to the long and colorful history of Jackson County. The great glaciers inexplicably bypassed the region. These rugged unglaciated lands remain in their primeval splendor and a haunting beauty remains, a treasure, to be preserved and shared with guests.

Canton Church
Canton Church

The first Euro-American settlers came in 1833. These early settlers were farmers, millers and shopkeepers. They left a legacy of historical artifacts and fascinating architecture. The unique heritage of Jackson County and pioneer development is displayed
at the Jackson County Historical Museum located in Maquoketa. Over 22,000 square feet showcase natural history and the lives
and lifestyles of years past.

Jackson County has more than 60 sites and districts on National Register of Historical Places.  Including Clinton Engine Museum, Andrew Jail a 134 year-old three story limestone jail, the Luxembourg village of St. Donatus, four 1870's lime kilns, the last narrow gauge railroad depot in Iowa at La Motte and the Young Museum, a turn of the century home on the river bend in Bellevue.  Contact the Jackson County Area Tourism Association for more information at 1-800-342-1837 or by email:
Jackson County Historical Society
Go back in time with a visit to the JCHS Museum. A memorial trip that will make your visit to Maquoketa something you'll treasure and talk about forever.

Young House Museum
The century-old residence, built of native limestone and containing 10 rooms, is completely furnished with turn-of the century antiques.

National Historical Register
Jackson County was established in 1837. The early settlers left behind a legacy of fascinating architecture.

Clinton Engines Museum
Clinton Engines, Inc. became the world leader in the manufacture of small gasoline engines utilizing the skills and resourcefulness of the people of Jackson County.  The Museum explores that rich history.


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