Lamont - West Gateway to Backbone State Park
Lamont is tucked away in the northeast corner of Buchanan County and is the west gateway to Backbone State Park - the first state park to be established in Iowa. The surprisingly rugged landscape of Backbone makes it a nature lover's dream, providing numerous opportunities for outdoor fun.
The town itself is a great place to explore with appealing amenities and interesting places to visit. Start by touring the Lamont Museum located in a beautifully restored bank building. It offers two floors full of rich history including military, farming and other displays. Call Mike Cook at 563-924-2803 to arrange a tour.
When it's time for a morning coffee or a healthy lunch, be sure to stop by the Common Grounds Coffee Shop, operated by a group of dedicated volunteers, offering coffee, rolls, soups and sandwiches. Every Wednesday, the cooks make a hearty lunch special that is not to be missed! For visitors wanting to slake their thirst with dinner, The Alibi is a great place to take a break. Their kitchen is open 7 days a week, closing at 9pm on weekdays and 10pm on weekends. For a special treat or classic sandwich with a bit of nostalgia, swing by the Lamont Dairy Sweet. In addition to creamy ice cream and great food, it is a reminder of days gone by when life was slower and friendly service was the norm.
The Quik 'N Handi, a neighborhood convenience store, is also located right on Hwy. 187. They provide both gasoline and diesel fuel, grill cylinder exchange, a beer cave, ATM, and a variety of groceries and prepared foods.