Come Visit the Historic LaMotte Train Depot

The LaMotte Depot has been a project in the making for over a year. This project included the transportation and restoration of the LaMotte Depot at its new home at the Jackson County Historical Society Clinton Engines Site.

Three Sites of Rich History

The Jackson County Historical Society proudly presents 3 different sites to visit.

Jackson County Museum

Jackson County Fairgrounds 

This site has been dedicated to the general history of Jackson County. Newspapers, exhibits, and artifacts collected throughout many areas in Jackson County history. Also home to the Iowa Orphan Train Research Center, and the Penningroth Machine Shed. The machine shed is home many of the tools, and machinery used through the county. Including a working steam engine.



Clinton Engines Site

607 E Maple St, Maquoketa, IA 52060

Clinton Engines was home to one of the biggest small engine manufacturers in the world. Home to 18 million engines. This site started with the restoration of the Clinton Engines Administration Building, and has grown to include the La Motte Train Depot, as well as an Agricultural Center. Each site contains unique pieces of Jackson County history.



Hurstville Lime Kilns

1 mile north of Maquoketa, on old Highway 61

The four lime kilns at Hurstville constitute the largest group of fully restored kilns in the country. This major feat was completed in 1985, taking four years at the cost of $61,000.  The site, affliated with Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. It remains a cooperative venture of the Jackson County Historical Society and the Jackson County Conservation Board..



Who we are

Brief History On JCIAHS

The Jackson County Historical Society is a private non-profit corporation headquartered in Maquoketa, Iowa. . The first Jackson County Historical Society was chartered in 1903 and active for many years. It was “renewed” in 1964, and found a permanent home on the County Fairgrounds when the Pearson Memorial Center was built. It has a membership of approximately 400, many of whom are active and dedicated volunteers. The Society is governed by a 12 member Board of Directors, each serving a three year term.

What we do

Dedicated to preserving our Rich Hertiage

The Jackson Count Historical Society initiates and coordinates the restoration and maintenance of a variety of different artifacts, machinery, and historical sites. We believe that preserving the most precious parts of our county to allow both present and future generations to fully experience and learn lessons from our past. Please visit any one of our locations to take part, and become part of history.