Town Sign Project: Hancock County

A few weeks back I cruised around Hancock County harvesting their town signs. It was a very interesting trip as Hancock County has some very nice towns.

Here are some facts about Hancock County:

+ Population is 10,802 (2019 estimate). Making it the 68th most populous county in Iowa. Behind Louisa County and ahead of Guthrie County.
+ The largest town (entirely in Hancock County) and county seat is Garner.
+ Was established on June 28, 1858.
+ Named after John Hancock, the leader of the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.
+ Home of the World’s Largest Bullhead.
+ Home of a National Hobo Convention.
+ Major highways are: US-18, US-69, and IA-17.
+ Adjacent Counties are: Winnebago, Cerro Gordo, Wright, and Kossuth.
+ Population peaked in 1940 at 15,402.

The Hancock County Courthouse isn’t ugly, but it isn’t much to look at either.

Hancock County Courthouse
The Hancock County Courthouse located in Garner, Iowa.

The Hancock County Freedom Rock is located in Britt, Iowa:

Hancock County Freedom Rock

Hancock County Freedom Rock

Hancock County Freedom Rock

With Hancock County conquered, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:

Town Sign Project - 33 Counties

33 counties completed. 33.3% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the town signs of Hancock County:

Forest City, Iowa
Forest City, Iowa – Mostly in Winnebago County
Forest City
Population: 4,151

Garner, Iowa
Garner, Iowa
Welcome to GARNER
EST. 1870
Population: 3,129

Britt, Iowa
Britt, Iowa
Population: 2,069

Kanawha, Iowa
Kanawha, Iowa
Celebrating 100 Years and still on track!
Population: 652

Klemme, Iowa
Klemme, Iowa
Population: 507

Corwith, Iowa
Corwith, Iowa
Population: 309

Crystal Lake, Iowa
Crystal Lake, Iowa
Crystal Lake
Home of the world’s largest bullhead
Population: 250

Woden, Iowa
Woden, Iowa
Population: 229

Goodell, Iowa
Goodell, Iowa
Population: 139

Duncan, Iowa - Unincorporated
Duncan, Iowa – Unincorporated

I would say that Hancock County has a solid but not great set of signs. I don’t think there is a bad sign, but Garner’s is the most boring and corporate, so it get worst town sign in Hancock County.

I like the town signs of Goodell, Britt, and Kanawha. I’m going to give Best in Show for Hancock County to Britt for the picture of the hobo:

Britt, Iowa
Britt – Best in Show – Hancock County

There are a few alternate town signs in Hancock County:

Klemme, Iowa
Klemme – Alternate

Klemme, Iowa
Klemme – Alternate

Kanawha, Iowa
Kanawha – Alternate

Goodell, Iowa
Goodell – Alternate

Forest City, Iowa
Forest City – Alternate

Corwith, Iowa
Corwith – Alternate

Britt, Iowa
Britt – Alternate

Britt, Iowa
Britt – Alternate

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:

Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

New Hartford, Iowa
Best in Show – Butler County

Manson, Iowa
Best in Show – Calhoun 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

Beaman, Iowa
Best in Show – Grundy County

Menlo, Iowa
Best in Show – Guthrie County

Stanhope, Iowa
Best in Show – Hamilton County

Britt, Iowa
Best in Show – Hancock County

Ackley, Iowa
Best in Show – Hardin County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas 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

Malcom, Iowa
Best in Show – Poweshiek County

Nemaha, Iowa
Best in Show – Sac County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Tama, Iowa
Best in Show – Tama County

Creston, Iowa
Best in Show – Union County

New Virginia, Iowa
Best in Show – Warren County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the dusty trail for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will visit Pocahontas County.