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also serving Norman, Caddo Gap, Oden, Story and Montgomery County

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The Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce serves Montgomery County, Arkansas.
Montgomery County
Montgomery County, formed on December 9, 1842, was named for Gen. Richard Montgomery, a hero of the American Revolution. The county was once the hunting grounds of the Caddo Indians. The county seat is Mount Ida. Landscape of the county is long, narrow ridges of folded rock, large fertile valleys, and mountains (Ouachita) covered with oak and pine timber.

Montgomery County’s natural resources and its rugged beauty are its livelihood. Sixty-three percent of the county is national forest land with the federal government being a stable employer. Cattle, swine and poultry production, along with mining and tourism makes up the economy. The Ouachita Mountain range of Arkansas is one of only three known areas in the world to have enough high quality quartz crystal to warrant mining. In 1987, more than two million tons of quartz was mined in Montgomery County for uses ranging from decorative items to computer chips. Each year Montgomery County has an annual Quartz Crystal Festival and Crystal Dig. Many Tourists come to dig quartz crystal. The scenic beauty and recreation draw visitors from far and near.

Lake Ouachita, Arkansas’ largest covers so many acres the county had to have a lake patrol in addition to its regular sheriff’s and forest patrol. Thousands visit the park areas each year to enjoy the clear water, fishing and many other water sports. The Ouachita River, the Caddo River and the Little Missouri River all flow through the county. The Missouri River drops an average of 35 feet per mile in its 29-mile journey through southern Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County Courthouse houses early history of the county. It is made of native stone and is now listed on the National Register of Historical Places.


County Officials

County Judge Alvin Black (870) 867-3114
County Clerk Debbie Baxter (870) 867-3521
Circuit Clerk Debbie Baxter (870) 867-3521
County Sheriff David E. White (870) 867-3151
County Collector David E. White (870) 867-3155
County Treasurer Betty Boling (870) 867-3411
County Assessor Tammy McCarter (870) 867-3271
County Coroner Elece M. Parliment (870) 867-2001
Justice of the Peace Terry Black
Justice of the Peace William Tims Edwards
Justice of the Peace Kenn Green
Justice of the Peace Linda E. Jester
Justice of the Peace Dan McCarter
Justice of the Peace Floyd McKinzie
Justice of the Peace Melissa Powell
Justice of the Peace Johnette Rowland
Justice of the Peace Christy Stewart



Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce
124 Hwy 270 West, Mount Ida, Arkansas 71957 - 870-867-2723
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