Poweshiek County Freedom Rock
Fundraising for the Poweshiek Country Freedom Rock is underway and the committee invites all county residents to be a part of the patriotic memorial. Donor forms are available by clicking here or visiting any of the city offices across the county (as well as various other locations). The committee hopes to raise $20,000 for the site construction, landscaping and maintenance of the site on the southwest corner of the Poweshiek Country Courthouse lawn.
Tax-exempt donations to the Freedom Rock Project may be made payable to MCD – Freedom Rock and mailed to PO Box 314, Montezuma, IA 50171.
2016 Montezuma Farmers Market
The Montezuma Farmers Market will be coming to town this summer! Overseen by Montezuma Community Development, the open-air market is a community based event where the Poweshiek County Community is able to purchase quality items that are home grown or handcrafted in Iowa, and a place for area growers and handcrafters to sell their wares. Sale of antiques, used items, unoriginal craft, pets, poultry, or livestock will not be allowed. The 2016 Farmers Market will be open three Tuesdays this summer (June 14th, July 12th, and August 9th) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Farmers Market will be located along the southwest corner of the square in front of the old jail. There will be no vendors on the grass; all vendors will be on sidewalks.
Vendors wishing to participate should return their registration form and $10 fee to Montezuma Community Development, 501 East Main, P.O. Box 314, Montezuma, Iowa 50171. If you have questions, please contact Whitney at 641-623-5617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks should be made payable to Montezuma Community Development.
The City of Montezuma’s South Diamond Development is ready for the Spring building season! Click here for a map of the 15-acre, 31-lot site.
Lots are being offered at a 33% discount, bringing the price of a standard lot down to approximately $13,000. In addition to the South Diamond Development lot discounts put in place by the City Council, the following fees will be waived for any builder who purchases a lot before June 30, 2016: sewer tap fee ($500), gas tap fee ($250), water tap fee ($250) and building permit application fee ($50). Click here for all the information on the South Diamond Housing development.
Montezuma Light & Power has implemented the direct debit payment service for utility bills. Participants in the direct debit program will receive a bill via email, but instead of writing a check, the amount due is deducted electronically from the customer’s account on the 25th of each month. If you would like to sign up for this program, please complete the authorization form and mail or drop off at the Montezuma Utility Office: 501 E. Main, PO Box 340, Montezuma, IA 50171.
Home of the Braves
Montezuma was first established in 1848, when local veterans of the Mexican-American War named our city after Monteuczomah, the last Aztec emperor of Mexico. Once a hub of regional railroad transport, Montezuma has continued to evolve and grow in a variety of ways. The Poweshiek County Courthouse is the focal point of our beautiful town square, sharing the melodic sounds of the restored carillon that echoes throughout our National Historic Downtown District.
Our agricultural heritage is celebrated in barn quilt art and renewed interest in local preservation has inspired many to continue living out our history. We are the inaugural home to the first town square Bill of Rights monument in the United States. Community volunteers have been working diligently to establish continued public access to our history at the Poweshiek County Historical and Genealogical Society & Museum. The development of Diamond Lake, Lake Ponderosa, and Lake Silverado add to the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities of the area. Green spaces and wildlife areas like Fox Forest offer hiking and equestrian trails, as well as observation of native vegetation and wildflowers. Nearby Fleming Woods State Preserve offers sanctuary to many species of other indigenous plant life and animals. It is believed that Chief Poweshiek and other Native Americans once lived in these areas.
Montezuma has many unexpected surprises for a community our size. We are home to the state’s best competition motocross race track, Fun Valley Motocross. While visiting, you can shop for handmade gifts or fresh flowers downtown, enjoy a cup of Iowa-roasted coffee, or grab a bite at a local eatery, including many hometown favorites. Take a walking tour to discover our growing interest in public monuments, or find a quiet place to read at our new public library.
Life here over the summer season is great for camping and fishing opportunities, especially at Diamond Lake, which continues to expand an extensive system of trails and modern camping sites. The area also boasts several locally owned countryside bed and breakfasts, quaint cabin rentals, and affordable motel rooms conveniently located near just about everything. Practicing your skills at Big Springs Shooting Range before the big hunt, jumping over snowmobile trails, and supporting many community sponsored events, keep Montezuma going throughout the entire year.
Come visit us for our annual Lion’s Pancake Breakfast, All-Iowa Writers Conference, Fall Harvest Market, December Hometown Holiday, and Summer Nights events on the town square featuring entertainment, food and games. The annual Fourth of July “Let Freedom Ring Celebration” culminates with a spectacular waterfront fireworks display that is something you do not want to miss! Fishing derbies on our lakes, Sig’s annual model airplane airshows, or slipping in 9-holes of golf or a dip in the pool at the Montezuma Country Club, followed by a stop at Streetrod Productions to take a showroom tour of awesomely, cool souped-up custom golf carts.
And we have a terrific school system – Montezuma Community School! Education begins in Montezuma with a voluntary pre-school for four year olds and extends through 12th grade. Montezuma was also recognized this year in the Bronze category for academic excellence by US News. Come out and cheer on our champion Braves & Bravettes, support our fine arts programs, and nationally recognized Future Farmers of America chapter! In 2013-2014, $6.7 million in facility improvements will occur, keeping our school system vibrant and relevant for students into the future of our rapidly changing world.
Great things are happening in Montezuma with the launch of the new Montezuma Community Development group, a public-private partnership to inspire continuous improvement for our community. As you can see, we are obviously very proud of our town, and so easy to find! We are one hour east of Des Moines and one hour west of Iowa City. Explore this site for all of our upcoming events and opportunites to discover the best of what we have to offer. Come and share with us in Montezuma, Iowa! See you soon!