This set of Town Sign Pictures is from the last town sign harvesting road trip I went on with my Mom. We went through a couple counties on that Saturday. The first one was Madison County:
Here are some facts about Madison County:
+ The population is 15,679.
+ The county seat and largest town is Winterset.
+ John Wayne was born in Madison County.
+ Madison County is most famous for its covered bridges.
+ Major highways in Madison County: I80, US6, US169, and IA-92.
+ Adjacent counties are Dallas, Warren, Clarke, Union, Adair, and Polk.
+ Was formed in 1846.
+ Self-governed since 1849.
+ Named for James Madison.
+ First white settler was a suspected murderer, arsonist, and hog thief.
+ Population peaked in 1880 at 17,224.
Franklin County does have a pretty courthouse:
Madison County Courthouse
The Madison County Freedom Rock is located in Winterset, next to the John Wayne Museum:
Here is the Madison County Photo Map:
Madison County Photo Map – Boundaries are not close.
With Madison County conquered, here is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:
17 counties completed. 17.2% of the Cyclone State conquered!
Here are the Madison County signs:
Welcome to Winterset – Covered Bridge Capital of Iowa
I think the worst town sign in Madison County is pretty obvious. It is Patterson. It isn’t even a true town sign, it is a church that put up a sign because Patterson couldn’t be bother to put up their own sign. Patterson is also one of the worst towns I’ve ever visited, but it wasn’t even the worst town from this trip. I don’t know that Madison County has a strong collection of signs. I think Macksburg missed an opportunity to have a great sign so I’m going to have to give best sign to East Peru.
Easter Peru – Best in Show – Madison County
Madison County did have a few alternate town signs:
The current list of Best in Shows:
Best in Show – Audubon County
No change to the BENNETT TOWN SIGN POWER RANKINGS:
The next time we check in with THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT we will visit Union County.