Looking east at downtown Montello's Commercial Historic District
|• Total||2.15 sq mi (5.57 km2)|
|• Land||1.91 sq mi (4.95 km2)|
|• Water||0.24 sq mi (0.62 km2)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,466|
|• Density||782.7/sq mi (302.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
Montello is a city in and the county seat of Marquette County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,495 at the 2010 census. The Fox River flows through the city. Montello is home to the largest tree in Wisconsin. A notable attraction in the city is the former granite quarry, which has been transformed into a park with several waterfalls.
Montello is located at (43.791976, -89.329771).
The Fox River flows from east through the middle of Montello. There is a dam in Montello, and the upstream portion of the river to the west of the dam is called Buffalo Lake.
The Montello River flows from the North meeting the Fox at the south end of Montello. The upstream portion of the river above the other dam is Montello Lake.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,495 people, 628 households, and 356 families residing in the city. The population density was 782.7 inhabitants per square mile (302.2/km2). There were 823 housing units at an average density of 430.9 per square mile (166.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.3% White, 1.7% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.
There were 628 households of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.3% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.89.
The median age in the city was 44.1 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 23% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,397 people, 591 households, and 348 families residing in the city. The population density was 732.6 people per square mile (282.4/km²). There were 677 housing units at an average density of 355.0 per square mile (136.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.13% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 1.00% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 1.15% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. 2.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 591 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $43,625. Males had a median income of $29,438 versus $21,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,676. About 5.4% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.
||WIS 22 runs north to Wautoma and south to Pardeeville. WIS 22 runs along Main St., Montello St., and Church St.|
||WIS 23 runs east to Princeton and west to Wisconsin Dells and Oxford via WIS 82. WIS 23 runs along Underwood Ave. and Montello St.|
The west junction intersection of WIS 22 and WIS 23 is the location of the only traffic light in the county. Other highways that enter into Montello are County Highways B, C, F, K, and Y.
Hwy B, coming from Harrisville, joins WIS 23 on the northwest side of town, runs along Underwood Ave., Montello St., and Main St before heading south out of town with WIS 22. Hwy. B is unsigned from the WIS 23 west jct to the WIS 22 jct about 6 miles south of Montello.
Hwy C, coming from Packwaukee runs on the north side of Buffalo Lake along Lake Ave., Underwood Ave., joining WIS 23 near Downtown, and Montello St. before splitting from WIS 23 on the east side.
Hwy F runs just south of the city limits to Portage.
Hwy. K runs west along 4th St. on the south side of Buffalo Lake toward Packwaukee.
Hwy Y runs along Park St and Doty St. before heading north toward Wautoma.
Montello was once the eastern terminus of a spur line of the Wisconsin Central Railroad, built in 1882 to service the granite quarry and other industries in Montello. This line split from the WC's Stevens Point-Portage line (the "P" Line) at Packwaukee, and ran along the north shore of Buffalo Lake to Montello. The P-Line was abandoned in 1946 along with the Montello spur, despite the fact that there was still almost daily service on it.
- K. J. Callahan, Wisconsin state legislator
- Edwin B. Kelsey, lawyer, businessman, Wisconsin state legislator
- Underground Sunshine, a psychedelic rock band
Houses built near the Upper Fox River west of the dam
Sign on WIS 23
Marquette County Tribune building
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- 'Proceedings of the State Bar Association of Wisconsin,' Wisconsin State Bar Association: 1905, Biographical Sketch of Edwin Bolivar Kelsey, pg 211-212
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