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Welcome to Red Oak, Iowa!
Red Oak is a community firmly rooted with rich traditions of growing industry, embracing worthwhile projects, celebrating history, and caring for fellow citizens. Organized on March 20, 1876 and named for the numerous oak trees that lined the banks of a small stream known as Red Oak Creek, the Red Oak of today boasts 6,000 residents and is nestled along the Nishnabotna River.
Take a stroll or drive along our tree-lined streets. Enjoy local architecture as you travel Red Oak's historic Heritage Hill Tour. Spend a day of leisure with family at one of the beautiful area parks, or participate in one of the community festivals. Experience our hospitality . there are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Red Oak from golf to tennis, to playgrounds and skate parks, to unspoiled natural areas and hunting, enthusiasts of every kind can always find something to do.
Whether you stay a few days or a lifetime, or visit for business or pleasure, we are sure your stay will be a pleasant one and you will discover why we believe Red Oak is truly "A Shade Better."
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Heritage Hill Tour
Drive around or wander through historical Heritage Hill, a self-tour which includes turn-of-the-century homes and buildings in a wide range of architectural styles. Tour brochures are available at the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association office, 307 East Reed Street; or download a printable copy here.
Wolfe Nature Center
In Anderson Conservation Center, 1 mile off US 34, just east of Red Oak
This county owned 200 acre wildlife refuge includes a lake, a prairie restoration area, and a great nature center with displays of pants and animals specific to Iowa.
Montgomery County Veterans Memorial
Court of Honor
With more than 1,000 flags dedicated to local veterans, Memorial Day ceremonies at Evergreen Cemetery are truly a sight to behold. The Court of Honor is a local organization dedicated to honoring veterans and their memories. Each Memorial Day, weather permitting, volunteers raise the 1,000+ flags in Evergreen Cemetery in honor of our nation's veterans.
Red Oak Country Club
2038 200th Street
A challenging Par 72, 18-hole championship golf course that is one of the most challenging and picturesque in Western Iowa. The course is 6,176 yards from championship tees and the design includes water hazards, sand traps, dog legs, waste bunkers, blind shots to the greens, uphill, downhill lies, and many established trees. The club also features a driving range, tennis courts, a swimming pool, lounge, and a full-service restaurant.
Montgomery County Fair
1809 North Fourth Street
The Montgomery County Fair provides a week long collection of events sure to please every member of the family, from traditional county fair livestock shoes, to carnival rides, bull riding and the popular, local driver, demolition derby.
Baird Family Christmas Lights
1233 E Avenue
North of Red Oak
The Baird Family Christmas lights shine from mid-December through New Years. The Baird family decorates any fence line or building that is visible from the road and are well worth the short drive north of Red Oak.
Legion Park - Skate Park
Eleven city parks make for plenty of green and recreational space in Red Oak. Among amenities available at Red Oak parks is an abundance of tennis courts, playgrounds, a ball complex, a skate park complete with ramps for perfecting skills and a public swimming pool.
Red Oak Trails
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Shopping and Dining
Red Oak offers a plethora of small retailers alongside larger chain retail and grocery outlets complemented by a variety of eating establishments. Detailed information about shopping and dining in Red Oak can be found at the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association office or by using our Buyers Guide.
Red Oak Airport
1674 200th Street, Red Oak, Iowa
Places to Visit
1. Montgomery County History Center
2700 North Fourth Street
Montgomery County History Center has displays ranging from prehistoric to modern, research facilities, a walking trail, and much more. The History Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00-4:00 pm.
2. Wilson Performing Arts Center
300 Commerce Drive
712.623.3135 - Box Office: 712.623.3183
Performing arts and arts education, featuring professional touring entertainment series, community theatre, regional performers, and classes in dance, music, and theatre. Group rates and tours available.
3. Fountain Square Park
Downtown Red Oak
Red Oak is well known for its military history and the fountain in the center of the town square is a tribute to the men lost during World War I. Other war memorials are found in the park as well as a gazebo and bandstand that often are gather places for summer entertainment, festivals, and special events.
4. Montgomery County Family YMCA
101 East Cherry Street
Health and fitness center including a walking track, wellness center, zero depth entry swimming pool, gymnasium, indoor tennis courts, and Jazzercise. Come and enjoy your workout at the YMCA, located in beautiful Legion Park.
5. Red Oak Public Library
400 North Second Street
The Red Oak Public Library, built in 1909, is a Carnegie library. The facility is a wonderful combination of historic beauty and modern services. Hours are 10 am to 8 pm Monday and Wednesday, 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Closed Sunday.
6. Chautauqua Pavilion
Eighth and Summit Streets
One of the last remaining chautauquas in Iowa, this city park is perfect for picnics and family gatherings. In addition to the covered pavilion, it features a soccer field, playground equipment, and is a popular hill for sledders in the winter months.
7. Burlington Northern Depot
305 South Second Street
Dedicated on December 20, 2003, on the 100th anniversary of the first dedication, the restored Burlington Northern depot now houses a World War II Memorial Museum, docent and self-guided tours, and an orientation auditorium with rear projection TV viewing screen. Hours of operation by appointment.
8. Montgomery County Courthouse
115 East Coolbaugh Street
The beautiful Montgomery County Courthouse was built in 1890 of rich red Missouri limestone. This interesting building, of the Richardsonian Romanesque design, is listed on the National Historic Preservation Register and still has the historic interior intact. The building continues as the home for county offices and local court proceedings.
Other Places of Interest Nearby:
Wabash Trail - 63 mile hard surface bike trail - Malvern
Glenn Miller Birthplace Home and Museum - Clarinda
Hitchcock House - underground railroad site - Lewis
Swedish Heritage Museum and Largest Swedish Coffee Pot - Stanton