Montgomery County, Arkansas, 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.
Each year Montgomery County has an annual Quartz Crystal Festival and Crystal Dig, and hosts a “Good Ol’ Days” festival each May. More information about these events can be found at the Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce’s web site http://www.mtidachamber.com/.
Montgomery County also contains a magnificent lake, Lake Ouachita, Arkansas’ largest. Lake Ouachita is popular because of its’ clear water, fishing and many other water sports.
Mount Ida is known as the “Quartz Crystal Capital of the World ” because of the abundance of the stone which can be purchased at roadside shops or dug for in private mines through out the county. The city of Mount Ida, the county seat of Montgomery County, is located approximately 35 miles west of Hot Springs on Highway 270 East.