Welcome to Montgomery County!
Red Oak - www.redoakiowa.com
Red Oak derives its name from Red Oak Creek which flows through the community and was noted for the red oaks on its banks. First settlers arrived there in the 1850s. In 1865 it became the official county seat of Montgomery County and the courthouse which previously was in the middle of the county seven miles east in Frankfort, Iowa was towed to the community in the middle of a snow storm.
Stanton - www.stantoniowa.com
Stanton is a proud community of around 700 people located seven miles east of Red Oak on Highway 34. Stanton is best known for its Swedish heritage, which can be experienced through the Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center, located in the center of town, and the Swedish Coffeepot Water Tower, known as the largest in the world. In 1997 Stanton was honored as the top tourism community in Iowa (pop. under 5000) because of these attractions. Stanton is also the home of Viking Lake, a popular state park used for fishing, swimming, camping, boating, picnicking, and hiking.
Villisca - www.cityofvillisca.com
Villisca is located in Montgomery County, southwest of the county seat of Red Oak and very close to Viking Lake State Park. The community has a proud military history beginning with the construction in 1912 of Iowa's only publicly funded and longest operating Armory on the north side of the town square. Villisca's Company F has represented the community, the state, and the country in the 1916 expedition into Mexico, World War One, World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam. Villisca is the site of a Pulitzer Prize winning photo depicting Lt. Col. Robert Moore greeting his family at the depot after returning from service in Africa.
Elliott, Iowa was founded in 1879. Elliott was named for Charles Elliott Perkins, Vice President of C.B.& Q. Railroad, who bought the tract of land that Elliott sits on today. Elliott is a farm-oriented community located in southwest Iowa 12 miles north of Red Oak and 8 miles south of Griswold on Iowa Highway 48. Elliott's location makes an ideal drive to Red Oak, Griswold, Atlantic and Omaha for work or play.
LodgingRed Coach Inn
Heritage Lodge - Bed & Breakfast
Attractions:The Official Site of Western Iowa Tourism
The Burlington Northern Depot & WWII Memorial Museum
Viking Lake State Park
Swedish Heritage & Cultural Center
Villisca Axe Murder House
Wilson Performing Arts Center
SchoolsRed Oak Community School District
Stanton Community School District
Southwest Valley School District
CollegeSouthwestern Community College
Health & FitnessRed Oak YMCA
Stanton Viking Center
Local Real EstateYour Real Estate Choice