Town Sign Project: Warren County

A few Sundays back I cruised around Warren County with Shannon harvesting their town signs. Yes, the county that many people have wondered why I hadn’t wandered around has been harvested. I was waiting for Shannon to accompany me and assist me on harvesting their town signs as she lives in an unincorporated/ghost town in Warren County.

Here are some facts about Warren County:
+ Population is 50,076 (2019 estimate) making it the 11th most populous county in Iowa. Behind Dallas County and ahead of Clinton County.
+ The county seat and largest town (fully in Warren County) is Indianola.
+ Was formed in 1846.
+ Named after Revolutionary War figure Joseph Warren.
+ Home of Simpson College.
+ Home of the National Balloon Classic.
+ Major highways are I-35, US-65, US-69, IA-5, IA-28, IA-92, and IA-316.
+ Adjacent counties are Polk, Marion, Lucas, Clarke, and Madison.
+ Currently at peak population.

The Warren County Courthouse is currently under construction:

Warren County Courthouse
The Warren County Courthouse located in Indianola, Iowa.

The Warren County Freedom Rock is located in Norwalk, Iowa:

Warren County Freedom Rock

Warren County Freedom Rock

Warren County Freedom Rock

Warren County Freedom Rock

The Warren County Freedom Rock is the first Freedom Rock that I’ve noticed where the paint is in pretty bad shape. I don’t know if that is something that is maintained or eventually the Freedom Rocks will go back to just being rocks.

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

Town Sign Project - 32 Counties

32 counties completed. 32.3% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the town signs of Warren County:

Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa (Mostly in Polk County)
Population: 203,4333

Indianola, Iowa
Indianola, Iowa
EST. 1849
Population: 14,782

Norwalk, Iowa
Norwalk, Iowa (Also Polk County)
norwalk Welcomes You
Population: 8,945

Carlisle, Iowa
Carlisle, Iowa (Also Polk County)
Population: 3,876

Milo, Iowa
Milo, Iowa
EST. 1880
Population: 775

Hartford, Iowa
Hartford, Iowa
Population: 771

New Virginia, Iowa
New Virginia, Iowas
est. 1855
Population: 489

Martensdale, Iowa
Martensdale, Iowa
Population: 465

Lacona, Iowa
Lacona, Iowa
Population: 361

Cumming, Iow
Cumming, Iowa
Population: 351

Saint Marys, Iowa
St. Marys, Iowa
St. Marys
Est. 1870
“A little town with a big spirit”
Population: 127

Bevington, Iowa
Bevington, Iowa
Population: 63

Ackworth, Iowa
Ackworth, Iowa
Population: 83

Spring Hill, Iowa
Spring Hill, Iowa
City of Spring Hill
Population: 63

Sandyville, Iowa
Sandyville, Iowa
Population: 51

Prole, Iowa
Prole, Iowa – Unincorporated

Medora, Iowa
Medora, Iowa – Unincorporated

Liberty Center, Iowa
Liberty Center, Iowa – Unincorporated

Churchville, Iowa
Churchville, Iowa – Unincorporated

Beech, Iowa - Unincorporated
Beech, Iowa – Unincorporated

Summerset, Iowa (Unincorporated)
Summerset, Iowa – Unincorporated

Shannon feels that Summerset should get a special “shout out” since she lives there. She loaned me a book on the history of Summerset. there is too much info in the book to get into, but here is a little info:

Summerset was settled by emigrants from the British Isles and name for a county in southwest England named Somerset. Although Pennsylvannia, Massachusetts, and Ohio have towns named Somerset, South Dakota is the only other state with a Summerset, a community north of Rapid City, established in 2005. Summerset was named sometime after July 2, 1849, the date Madison County commissioners selected “Winterset” as the name of their county seat.

I might get more into the history and remains of Summerset at a later date.

It would be hard to not give the worst town sign in Warren County to Sandyville. But having to use a mailbox to represent Spring Hill’s town sign is up there for sure. A town as big as Norwalk should really try harder with their town sign. Same goes for Indianola.

But what gets Best in Show for Warren County. I like Milo’s sign. I also like the simplicity of Lacona’s sign. St. Marys sign gets points as well. Martensdale gets points for being the hardest sign to read and the smallest, farthest from the road sign I’ve ever seen. I also like Hartford’s rustic rusty sign. However, I have to give Best in Show to New Virginia:

New Virginia, Iowa
New Virginia – Best in Show – Warren County

There are a few alternate town signs in Warren County. Shannon would argue that New Virginia’s alternate town sign is better than their main sign. She might be right:

Saint Marys, Iowa
St. Marys – Alternate

Saint Marys, Iowa
Saint Marys – Alternate

Saint Marys, Iowa
Saint Marys – Alternate

Saint Marys, Iowa
Saint Marys – Alternate

New Virginia, Iowa
New Virginia – Alternate

Milo, Iowa
Milo – Alternate

Lacona, Iowa
Lacona – 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

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 Hancock County.

2 thoughts on “Town Sign Project: Warren County”

  1. I am so glad that you picked New Virginia. I love the slight irony of it being in the shape of Iowa, a state that looks like zero other Virginias.

  2. I do like the other New Virginia sign better, but I’m glad we stumbled across the other one near the cemetery. Thanks for letting me tag along!

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