Sunday, July 16, 2006

Hurstville history

How many times, while driving between Dubuque and the Quad Cities, have we driven past the new (2004) Hurstville Interpretive Center, along U.S. 61 just north of Maquoketa?

Every time -- until Saturday.

On our return drive to Dubuque from Fort Madison (see previous entry), with no set schedule, Madame X and I took the time to check out the center. The exhibit included some history of Hurstville, the "company town" built around the lime kiln operation.

Built in 1871, the kilns provided mortar for the construction industry -- until the advent of Portland Cement. Long after the kilns shut down, the entire town of Hurtsville was sold in the late 1970s; the transaction made national news.

Next time you are traveling U.S. 61, allow yourself an extra 45 minutes (or more) to check out the interpretive center and kilns.


erik hogstrom said...

Who bought the town? Where did it go? What do people do when they buy a town?

Brian Cooper said...

I'd like to do more research on that sale. It was covered in the TH at the time. Today, various properties in the area are held by various owners. Not much left in the way of residential. Some of the structures are used for commercial purposes now.

Anonymous said...

Hi! My name is Vanessa Vanis, and I am currently in the Americorps position on the Hurstville Interpretive Center. I was doing some research on Hurstville, as to have this said information for a presentation. I am very glad that you stopped by the Center, and mentioned that others should also. We are very fortunate to have this place in our community. Once again thank you, and I hope you stop by again.