Town Sign Project: Tama County

I recently drove around the massive Tama County to harvest their town signs. It was a solo trip and I was surprised to discover that there are apparently many cities in Tama with Czech roots. I mostly think of the Meskwaki when I think of Tama County. That and the King Tower Cafe.

Here are some facts about Tama County:

+ Population is 17,767.
+ The largest town is Tama.
+ The county seat is Toledo.
+ Formed on February 17, 1843.
+ Named after Taimah, a leader of the Meskwaki tribe.
+ Home of the Meskwaki Settlement.
+ Major highways are: US 30, US 63, IA 8, IA 21, IA 96, and IA 146.
+ Adjacent counties are Grundy, Black Hawk, Benton, Poweshiek, Marshall, Iowa, and Jasper.
+ Home of The Bohemie Alps
+ Home of the Vining Iowa Testicle Festival – All You Can Eat for $12 (2014 Price)
+ Mollie B. will be in concert here in July 10th.
+ Home of Matchstick Marvels.
+ Population peaked in 1900 at 24,585.

Tama County has a pretty, but small courthouse:

Tama County Courthouse
Tama County Courthouse in Toledo, Iowa

The Tama County Courthouse is located in Gladbrook:

Tama County Freedom Rock

Tama County Freedom Rock

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

Town Sign Project - 22 Counties

22 counties completed. 22.2% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the Tama County town signs:

Tama, Iowa
Tama, Iowa
Tama – Welcomes You
Population: 2,877

Toledo, Iowa
Toledo, Iowa
Welcome to Toledo-Tama
Population: 2,341

Traer, Iowa
Traer, Iowa
Wind Up in Traer
Population: 1,703

Dysart, Iowa
Dysart, Iowa
Population: 1,379

Gladbrook, Iowa
Gladbrook, Iowa
Gladbrook – Alive & Growing
Population: 945

Garwin, Iowa
Garwin, Iowa
Welcome to Garwin – Home of the Wolverines
Population: 527

Chelsea, Iowa
Chelsea, Iowa
Vitame Vas do Chelsea – Lincoln Highway
Population: 267

Montour, Iowa
Montour, Iowa
Montour Welcomes You!
Population: 249

Clutier, Iowa
Clutier, Iowa
Welcom to Clutier – Founded 1900 – Pop 213
Population: 213

Elberon, Iowa
Elberon, Iowa
Population: 196

Lincoln, Iowa
Lincoln, Iowa
Lincoln – Next 5 Exits
Population: 162

Vining, Iowa
Vining, Iowa
Vining – Heart of the Bohemie Alps
Population: 50

I don’t know there is a terrible sign in Tama County. Maybe the sign in Lincoln is pretty weak. But the weathering gives it character. The Dysart sign is pretty uninspired. I was confused by the Traer sign, until I saw the winding staircase for myself. It is magnificent! I have no clue why there is a motorcycle suspended over the Elberon sign, but it keeps it from being the worst sign. I love Vining’s sign, but how do you not mention the towns annual Testicle Festival? I’ll give the award for worst to Lincoln.

Best in Show for Tama County. Really a no-brainer. It is Tama, Iowa.

Tama, Iowa
Tama – Best in Show – Tama County

There are quite a few alternate signs in Tama County:

Tama-Toledo, Iowa
Tama-Toledo Alternate

Gladbrook, Iowa
Gladbrook Alternate

Gladbrook, Iowa
Gladbrook Alternate

Garwin, Iowa
Garwin Alternate

Dysart, Iowa
Dysart Alternate

Dysart, Iowa
Dysart Alternate

Chelsea, Iowa
Backside of Chelsea 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

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke 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

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Tama, Iowa
Best in Show – Tama County

Creston, Iowa
Best in Show – Union County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

Next time we check in with THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT it will involve Benton County.