Sunday, July 16, 2006
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.