Monti is a tiny unincorporated community located in the southeast corner of Buchanan County, United States. Founded in the 1880s and platted in 1905, the community lies on the west bank of Buffalo Creek 6 miles east of Quasqueton and 8 miles west of Ryan; the railroad brought several years of prosperity to the town, but the settlement declined after World War II. Over the years, the closure of the railroad depot, stores, post office and church left Monti as the site of four houses, a closed church, a cemetery, the Monti Community Center. Monti is located in the northern part of Newton Township, the southeasternmost of Buchanan County's townships; the village lies along County Road W-45, where that road meets with Washington Avenue, an unpaved and unimproved gravel road. The town traces its roots to the late 19th century, when large numbers of Irish immigrants flocked to the state in search of new lives in the New World; the town's Catholic roots can be traced back to the first Irish settlers of Iowa.
A large church, St Patrick's Catholic Church of Monti, built in 1870 predates the town's existence. A town post office was built in either 1882 or 1885. Postal service was discontinued with the introduction of Rural Free Delivery; the nearby villages of Newtonville and Kiene were located in Newton Township. In 1905, the Chicago and Northern Railway was built through Monti and Kiene; the railroad sparked renewed interest in Monti, a number of new buildings were constructed in 1905. The townsite was platted that year, St. Patrick's Church registered 400 members. Monti was a sizeable community in 1913 when E. R. Hensley took a panoramic photograph of the 70 students in St Patrick's confirmation class. However, years of rural migration shrank the area's population, emptying Monti and its nearby sister communities; the CAN Railway was sold for scrap after World War I. The remains of the railroad grade can still be seen today at the north edge of the hamlet. During the early-to-mid-20th Century, Monti attracted some attention from the ornithology community.
Noted ornithologist Fred J. Pierce reported that a large tract of timber 1 mile "southeast of the village of Monti, in the southeastern corner of the county" was a good area for birdwatching. In a 1930 paper, Pierce noted the unusual birds he had spotted between 1923 and 1928. Among these were one specimen each of the ruffed grouse, cerulean warbler, in 1928 a yellow-bellied flycatcher and a Connecticut warbler; as late as 1945, the Monti woods were home to at least 62 species of bird. The woods contained the largest confirmed populations of gray-cheeked thrushes, eastern vesper sparrows, eastern field sparrows, ruby-crowned kinglets in the state during the Spring of 1945.. In 1966, the Monti Consolidated School District was disbanded; the northern portions of the district went to East Buchanan Community School District, while the southern areas were ceded to North Linn Community School District. In 1998, RAGBRAI, a massive cross-state bicycle ride across the state, passed through the hamlet.
Today there are fewer than two dozen residents in this dwindling farm community. Because Monti was never incorporated, population figures were never compiled. Although population figures for Monti do not exist, 423 persons live in Newton Township, the 36 square miles around Monti, according to the 2000 Census. In 2005, St Patrick's Catholic Church, which had operated for 135 years, closed its doors; the parish was open from 1870 until July 2005. Since the church has been changed to an oratory the Parish Hall was purchased by the community and the Monti Community Center was formed, it continues to have several community events throughout the year as well as hosting many weddings and anniversaries. The church itself continues to have weddings throughout the year as well as holiday and anniversary masses. Though the town is small, it has a community center; the Monti Festival is held in June. An unusual railroad flatcar bridge, constructed from two decommissioned flatcars, was built at the eastern edge of Monti in 2007.
The 89-foot-long, 17-foot-wide bridge spans Buffalo Creek on York Avenue, a gravel road, one mile southeast of the community. Monti students may attend school in either the East Buchanan Community or North Linn School Districts. Monti can be difficult to locate; the town of Monticello, 30 miles east causes some confusion. Monti appears on the official State Map of Iowa. Visitors to Monti may locate the community by heading east from Quasqueton on D-47 turning right on county road W-45, following that road south east to a cluster of six houses 10 miles southeast of Quasqueton; these houses mark the nucleus of the community. The large Catholic church is the most visible landmark. There are two wildlife areas near Monti. Buffalo Creek Wildlife Area, one mile northwest of the community, is a 52-acre park established in 1969. Hunting and fishing are allowed with permits. 3 miles southeast of Monti is the 158-acre Newton Township Natural Area. Canoeing and hunting are permitted at the park, established in 1998.
Loewenberg, Ina. The View from 70: Women's Recollections and Reflections. Gray Pearl Press. P. 110. ISBN 0-9745881-0-5. Monti community center
Monti is a comune and small town of Gallura, northern Sardinia, Italy, in the province of Sassari. The town is surrounded by the cork oak forests and vineyards which form the twin bases of its economy; the vermentino grape, once known as "arratelau", has been cultivated here since the 14th century. In 1996 its Vermentino di Gallura wine was awarded DOCG status. Monti borders on the following communes: Alà dei Sardi Berchidda Calangianus Loiri Porto San Paolo Olbia Telti Su Canale http://www.comunas.it/monti/ https://web.archive.org/web/20060814213501/http://www.comune.monti.ss.it/utente/index.asp http://demo.istat.it/ http://www.comuni-italiani.it/090/041/
Monti (rione of Rome)
Monti is the name of one of the twenty-two Rioni of Rome, rione I, located in Municipio I. The name means mountains in Italian and comes from the fact that the Esquiline and the Viminal Hills, parts of the Quirinal and the Caelian Hills belonged to this rione, its logo consists of three green mountains with three tops on a silver background. Today the Esquilino, Castro Pretorio and Celio districts do not belong to it anymore, but it has kept its name. In ancient times the rione was densely populated: in Monti there were the Forum Romanum and the so-called Suburra: this was the place poor people lived, full of disreputable locals and brothels. In the Middle Ages the situation was different: the Roman aqueducts were damaged, it was difficult to bring water to Monti since it was on the hills. Hence many inhabitants moved to Campus Martius, a lower level part, where they could drink the water from the river Tiber. From the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 19th century, the rione remained an area full of vineyards and market gardens.
Monti was not densely populated because of the lack of water and because it was quite far from the Vatican, the center of Christian culture. The area did not become abandoned thanks to the church of San Giovanni in Laterano and the constant high number of pilgrims. Still in the Middle Ages the inhabitants of Monti, called monticiani, developed a strong identity: their Roman dialect was different from that spoken in the other rioni, their main enemies were the people from the other rione with a strong identity and they used to fight with one another. With growing urbanization at the end of the 19th century after Rome had become the capital of a united Italy, the great changes of the Fascist period changed the appearance of the rione. In particular, between 1924 and 1936, a large part of the rione, consisting of small streets and popular houses, was destroyed to make way for the Via dei Fori Imperiali and the archaeological buildings of the Forum Romanum were excavated. Thanks to its position, Monti is full of archaeological sites such as: Colosseum Ludus Magnus Nero's Domus Aurea the baths of Trajan the baths of Titus part of the Forum Romanum markets of Trajan Sant'Agata dei Goti Sant'Andrea al Quirinale San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane San Clemente Santa Maria dei Monti Santa Maria Maggiore San Martino ai Monti Santa Prassede San Pietro in Vincoli Santa Pudenziana Santi Quirico e Giulietta Santi Domenico e Sisto Santo Stefano Rotondo San Vitale San Giovanni in Laterano Santi Marcellino e Pietro Santa Lucia in Selci The biblioteca federate Scaffale d'arte Palaexpo is located in Monti.
The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum is located in Monti History and images of the rione