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.
The Hancock County Courthouse located in Garner, Iowa.
The Hancock County Freedom Rock is located in Britt, Iowa:
With Hancock County conquered, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:
33 counties completed. 33.3% of the Cyclone State conquered.
Here are the town signs of Hancock County:
Forest City, Iowa – Mostly in Winnebago County
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 – Best in Show – Hancock County
There are a few alternate town signs in Hancock County:
Klemme – Alternate
Here is the current list of Best in Shows:
Best in Show – Adair County
The next time we hit the dusty trail for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will visit Pocahontas County.