Maquoketa Public Library
Carnegie Grant Information
Town & County
Twelfth Census of the United States — 1900. p. 450.
Maquoketa is the county seat of Jackson County, which was established on December 21, 1837. The county was named for President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), the seventh President of the United States. The first county seat was established at Bellevue, and then in 1841, the seat was moved by county vote to the town of Andrew. In 1873, the county seat was permanently moved to Maquoketa (a Native American name given to Bear River).
(Source: Pratt, LeRoy G. “The Counties and Courthouses of Iowa.” Mason City, Ia; Klipto Printing & Office Supply Company, 1977, p. 167-168.)