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Montello was founded in 1848 for its location on the Fox River, but it is perhaps best known for the quality of its granite, quarried here from 1880 until the 1960s. Granite is among the most durable stone in the world, used for the sarcophagi of President and Mrs. U.S. Grant at Riverside Park, New York. Today, Montello sports a definite recreational flavor with canoeing and kayaking on the Fox River, as well as fishing and a community of vacation homes on Buffalo Lake, a ten-mile widening of the river south of town.

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