Best Known For:
A history rich in music and architecture. Read more about Mason City's arts history here: http://masoncityia.com/index.php/about/mason-city/history/
Year Established: 1870 incorporation (1851 first settlers)
What are the most surprising facts about Mason City?
Mason City is home to one of the last standing Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotels, the Historic Park Inn, and a historic neighborhood designed by Wright's architecture studio.
Does Mason City have any famous current, former, or historic residents?
Meredith Willson - the famous composer of the Broadway musical, "The Music Man." Check out The Music Man Square.
Bill Baird - the foremost puppeteer of the 20th century, working on Broadway, in Hollywood films, and more
What is the biggest annual event in your community?
The North Iowa Band Festival, a celebration built around Meredith Willson's "The Music Man"
What do you want visitors to discover or visit in your community?
Amazing history, architecture, and culture that spans from our Historic Downtown outward in our Cultural Crescent.
What initiatives is Mason City currently working on?
We are a Blue Zones Project Certified Community with wellness initiatives at the City Policy level, school systems, restaurants, and workplaces.
Where would you take someone on a first date in your town?
Downtown Mason City - Drinks at 1910 Lounge (in the Historic Park Inn Hotel) and dinner at The Quarry.