Town Sign Project: Montgomery County

A few weeks back I cruised around Montgomery on a solo town sign harvesting trip. Montgomery County was the second county I harvested on that day.

Here are some facts about Montgomery County:

+ Population is 10,330. That makes it the 72nd most populous county in Iowa. Below Mitchell County and above Keokuk County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Red Oak.
+ Named after Revolutionary War general Richard Mongtomery.
+ Birthplace of Clyde Cessna of aviation fame.
+ Location of the infamous unsolved Villisca Axe Murders that knocked the Titanic off the front pages of the nation’s newspapers.
+ Major highways are US-34, US-71, and IA-48.
+ Adjacent counties are Pottawattamie, Cass, Adams, Page, and Mills.
+ Population peaked in 1900 at 17,803.

Montgomery County has a beautiful courthouse:

Montgomery County Courthouse
The Montgomery County Courthouse in Red Oak, Iowa.

The Montgomery County Freedom Rock is located in Red Oak, Iowa:

Montgomery County Freedom Rock

Montgomery County Freedom Rock

Montgomery County Freedom Rock

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

Town Sign Project - 39 Counties

39 counties completed. 39.4% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the town signs of Montgomery County:

Red Oak, Iowa
Red Oak, Iowa
Welcome to RED OAK
Population: 5,596 (-146)

Villisca, Iowa
Villisca, Iowa
Population: 1,132 (-120)

Stanton, Iowa
Stanton, Iowa
Population: 678 (-11)

Elliott, Iwa
Elliott, Iowa
Est. 1879
Population: 338 (-12)

Grant, Iowa
Grant, Iowa
Population: 86 (-6)

Coburg, Iowa
Coburg, Iowa
Population: 26 (-16)

Tenville, Iowa - Unincorporated
Tenville, Iowa – Unincorporated
POP 30

Montgomery County might have the worst collection of signs to date. But even in a collection of mediocre, it is pretty easy to pick out the worst. Coburg only has a DOT sign. So they have the worst town sign in Montgomery County.

Best in Show is also pretty easy. It goes to Grant, even though their town sign is sitting on the ground in the courtyard of the town bar. I do believe that they are getting ready to put up a new town sign, so maybe I’ll have to check that out again on my future travels, but until then, Grant wins Best in Show.

Grant, Iowa
Grant – Best in Show – Montgomery County

A couple towns do have alternate town signs:

Stanton, Iowa
Stanton – Alternate

Red Oak, Iowa
Red Oak – Alternate

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:

Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams 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

Anita, Iowa
Best in Show – Cass County

Dougherty, Iowa
Best in Show – Cerro Gordo 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

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas 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

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the open road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will visit Fremont County.

2 thoughts on “Town Sign Project: Montgomery County”

  1. You weren’t kidding – this collection is terrible. “Red Oak” looks like one word, Villisca surely could have worked an axe in somewhere in lieu of an “I,” and Tenville could do something like, “Tenville? More like Thirtyville, are we right?”

    Anyway. Grant is definitely the best.

  2. Ummm… Red Oak is really cool town. One of the towns I’d like to visit when I have more time to spend there.

    Some day I will have to see if Grant has a new town sign up. It is on a major highway, so it isn’t hard to get to.

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