Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Jackson County Courthouse in Maquoketa

Jackson County was named for Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States.

Jackson County’s first courthouse was a log cabin built in Andrew, after the town was selected as the county seat in 1841.

The second courthouse, a brick courthouse, was built in Bellevue around 1848.

A third courthouse, a three-story stone structure, was built in 1861 in Andrew.

Jackson County's fourth courthouse was built in Maquoketa in 1873. This two-story stone building proved too small by 1938, and some county offices moved into other buildings.

Today’s courthouse, a modern design by architect William J. McNeil, was built in Maquoketa in 1958-59.

The former Jackson County courthouse in Bellevue was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Visit the Jackson County web site for more information.

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