Introduction to Mason City, Iowa
Mason City History
Mason City is the county seat of the Cerro Gordo County, which was founded in 1851. The county was named after the Battle of Cerro Gordo. The early settlers of the place were the Freemasons and it is from here that the city has derived its name. Mason city is renowned for its heritage in music. The city is the hometown of Meredith Wilson who was famous for "The Music Man."
Mason City and nearby Attractions
- Charles H. MacNider Museum
- Meredith Willson Music Museum
- Kinney Pioneer Museum
- McIntosh Woods State Park
- Lime Creek Nature Center
- Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House
Things To Do In Mason City
Tourists can visit the Africa and North America Wildlife Museum and the Van Horn's Antique Truck Museum. The Clear Lake State Park and the Pilot Knob State Park includes facilities for camping, fishing, and boating. They also have shelters for picnic. The Southport Mall, Southbridge Mall, and Regency Square Mall are favorite shopping haunts. There are also a number of churches in the city. Mason City hosts a number of festivals including the Fiber Arts Festival, Greek Festival, North Iowa Band Festival, and the Iowa Independent Film Festival every year.
Mason City Transportation
Rochester International Airport provides air transportation facilities.
Mason City Higher Education
Higher education facilities are provided by the North Iowa Area Community College and Hamilton College - Mason City Branch. One can also opt for the Hawkeye Community College and the University of Northern Iowa.