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1871. 1 mile north of Maquoketa

One mile north of Maquoketa, just west of the Maquoketa River, is the now-deserted company town of Hurstville, founded by Alfred Hurst in the 1870s to service his nearby lime quarries. The town and its lime kilns were active from 1871 through the 1920s. Remaining structures include four lime kilns, the company store/offices, Alfred Hurst's own house, and a few other structures and dwellings. All of the buildings are relatively simple structures clothed either in shiplap or board-and-batten. Much of the site is now overgrown, and today it conveys a picture of romantic melancholy.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Hurstville", [Maquoketa, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 122-122.

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