Town Sign Project: Adair County

Adair County includes Orient, Iowa. The Orient town sign was one of the town signs I harvested on the last road trip I took with my Mom.

I had already taken pictures of most of the town signs in Adair County before going there recently to take pictures of the few that I had yet to harvest.

Here are some facts about Adair County:
+ The population of Adair County is 7,862.
+ Greenfield is both the county seat and largest town in Adair County.
+ Was formed in 1851 from sections of Pottawattamie County and was named after John Adair, a general in the War of 1812.
+ The site of the world’s first robbery of a moving train by Jesse James on July 21, 1873.
+ Major highways are: I-80, US-6, Iowa-25, Iowa-92, and Iowa-925.
+ Adjacent Counties are Guthrie, Madison, Union, Adams, and Cass.
+ Population peaked in 1900 at 16,192 and has been below quintuple digits since the 1970 census.

I would describe the Adair County Courthouse as fair:

Adair County Courthouse

The Adair County Freedom Rock is located on a highway near Greenfield, but closer to Menlo. Their is a sign for it on Interstate 80. It is the original Freedom Rock and is repainted every year for Memorial Day.

Adair County Freedom Rock

Adair County Freedom Rock

Adair County Freedom Rock

Adair County Freedom Rock

I’m going to stop sharing the county photo maps. I’m not sure anybody finds much interest in them.

With Adair County conquered, here is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:

Town Sign Project - 19 Counties

19 counties completed. 19.2% of the Cyclone State conquered!

Here are the town signs of Adair County:

Greenfield, Iowa
Greenfield, Iowa
Welcome to Greenfield
Population: 1,982

Adair, Iowa
Adair, Iowa (Partially in Guthrie County)
Welcome to Adair – It’ll make you smile!
Population: 781

Stuart, Iowa
Stuart, Iowa (Partially in Guthrie County)
The City of Stuart Welcomes You
Population- 1,648

Fontanelle, Iowa
Fontanelle, Iowa
Fontanelle – A Place To Call Home
Population: 672

Orient, Iowa
Orient, Iowa
Welcome to Orient
Population: 408

Bridgewater, Iowa
Bridgewater, Iowa
Brigdewater – Since 1885
Population: 182

Casey, Iowa
Casey, Iowa (Mostly in Guthrie County)
Welcome to Casey Iowa – Since 1869
Population: 10 (426 total)

I’m going to not include Casey for the County Awards. It is mostly in Guthrie County. I would say that there is no doubt what town has the worst town sign in Adair County. That is Stuart. What makes it even worse is before they put up that giant tombstone monstrosity, rumor has it that they had a cool sign with a pithy slogan about “bad eggs”.

I also think that Best in Show for Adair County is pretty much a no brainer. It is Fontanelle.

Fontanelle, Iowa
Fontanelle – Best in Show – Adair County

A couple towns had alternate signs:

Adair, Iowa
Adair Alternate Sign

Greenfield, Iowa
Greenfield Alternate Sign

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:

Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

Coon Rapids, Iowa
Best in Show – Carroll County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Popejoy, Iowa
Best in Show – Franklin County

Scranton, Iowa
Best in Show – Greene County

Menlo, Iowa
Best in Show – Guthrie County

Stanhope, Iowa
Best in Show – Hamilton County

Ackley, Iowa
Best in Show – Hardin County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Creston, Iowa
Best in Show – Union County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we visit THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT it will involve Clarke County. A county with only 3 towns.

2 thoughts on “Town Sign Project: Adair County”

  1. I think you could make a case for Adair too, but nothing spectacular in this collection.

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