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Contact me if you have contributions or need assistance. As I do not live in the county, I am unable to do individual research. Please post to the Queries Board for assistance from others.

About Montgomery County

The area known as Montgomery County was originally part of the Pottawattamie Purchase in 1846. The county was established by the General Assembly on January 15, 1851, and was named in honor of General Richard Montgomery who died at the assault of Quebec in the Revolutionary War.

1st county courthouseThe first county courthouse (photo at right) was built in Frankfort, Iowa in 1857, named in honor Frankfort, Kentucky, the hometown of the judge who appointed the commissioners to select the county seat. It was 20-foot by 40-foot, a simple wood-frame structure, that cost $1,141.50. After a contest between Frankfort and Red Oak for the county seat, the courthouse was moved by hitching it to a team of oxen and towed to Red Oak in the winter of 1865. During the move, the men had to abandon the building in favor of shelter as a blizzard came up. When they returned, they had lost the courthouse in the snow. Although it was eventually found, the "lost courthouse" was a great joke in Montgomery County for many years. 2nd courthouseA second story was added to the old courthouse, but it was still not large enough for the growing needs of the county.

Two attempts to build a new courthouse failed, but finally the people approved the building of a new one in the summer of 1889 (Photo at left). The second, and current courthouse, was built in 1890. This building is made of nearly fireproof sandstone and red brick. It is 91-foot by 72-foot and 60-feet high with the clock tower extending another 40 feet. The courthouse has become the centerpiece of Red Oak and Montgomery County and is on the National Register of Historic Places.



Surrounding Counties

surrounding countiesThese are the counties that are surrounding Montgomery County. Pottawattamie County, which is on the northwest side, Cass County on the northeast, Adams County directly to the east, Taylor County sharing the southeast corner, Page County directly south, Fremont County sharing the southwest corner, and Mills County on the west.

Iowa State counties

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