A couple weekends ago I was able to hit the open road and harvest the town signs of Audubon County. There probably won’t be an easier county to harvest than Audubon County. There are only 5 towns and almost all of those are on Highway 71.
Here are some facts about Audubon County:
+ The population is 6,119.
+ It is the third-least populous county in Iowa.
+ The county seat is Audubon.
+ The largest city is Audubon.
+ Audubon County was formed on January 15, 1851, from sections of Pottawattamie County. It was named after John James Audubon, the naturalist and artist.
+ Major highways include US 71, Iowa 44, and Iowa 173.
+ Adjacent counties are Carroll, Guthrie, Cass, and Shelby.
+ The population peaked in 1900 at 13,626
Audubon County’s courthouse is also ugly. Not as ugly as Guthrie County’s Courthouse but close:
Audubon County Courthouse
The Audubon County Freedom Rock is in Kimballton. It is the first one I’ve seen to feature nudity.
It is one of the least showcased Freedom Rocks I’ve seen. There is no special park or flags or it isn’t even part of a Veteran’s Memorial. I guess the mermaid mammaries speak for themselves.
Here is the Audubon County Photo Map:
Audubon County Photo Map – Boundaries, not even close.
With Audubon knockered out, here is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:
15 counties completed. 15.2% of the Cyclone State conquered!
Here are the Audubon County signs:
IA Audubon – Live Large
With only 5 towns in Audubon County, it really puts the pressure on. I think there are no truly bad town signs, but last place clearly has to go to Brayton. Even though it is the worst in Audubon County, I still respect its stark simplicity.
The pick for the Best in Show for Audubon County is one of the toughest I’ve ever had to determine. The remaining 4 are solid, but none of them are transcendent. I’m going to give it to Audubon:
Audubon – Best in Show – Audubon County
I’m giving it best in show for the sign being the shape of the state of Iowa, the background being black, and of course for having Albert the Bull on the sign.
There were a couple of alternate signs in Audubon County:
I really like the second Audubon alternate.
Here is the current list of Best in Shows:
Best in Show – Audubon County
No change to the BENNETT TOWN SIGN POWER RANKINGS:
Next time we visit THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT our travels will take us through Franklin County.