Fire in Maquoketa Severely Damages Historic Properties

D.H. Anderson Building pulled down

Posted by CC on January 26th, 2008 7:52 pm

An early morning fire on Saturday, January 19, destroyed several businesses and historic buildings in downtown Maquoketa. Firefighters from over a dozen communities fought the fire in subzero temperatures throughout the day. Nobody was seriously hurt during the blaze. According to various news reports, the fire began around 2 a.m. in an upstairs apartment at Jackson County Home Furnishings and burned well into the afternoon. The front facade of the National Register-listed DH Anderson Building was pulled down after it began tipping toward the street. The building, constructed in 1882, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 for its Italianate design. Other buildings damaged include the National Register-listed Merrero Block.

Photo courtesy of Michael Kearney.