Town Sign Project: Page County

A few weeks back I cruised around Page County on a solo town sign harvesting trip. I actually harvested the town signs of 3 different counties on this trip. Reaping the fruits of a slightly new harvesting plan. And you definitely reap what you sow.

Here are some facts about Page County:

+ The population is 15,211. The 50th most populous county in Iowa. Below Floyd County and above Hamilton County.
+ Clarinda is the largest town and county seat.
+ Named after Captain John Page who was killed in the Battle of Palo Alto in the Mexican-American War.
+ Birthplace of Glenn Miller.
+ Major highways are US-71, IA-2, US-59, and IA-48.
+ Adjacent counties are Montgomery, Taylor, and Fremont.
+ Population peaked in 25,904.

Page County has a beautiful courthouse:

Page County Courthouse
The Page County Courthouse located in Clarinda, Iowa.

The Page County Freedom Rock is located in Clarinda, Iowa:

Page County Freedom Rock

Page County Freedom Rock

Page County Freedom Rock

Page County Freedom Rock

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

Town Sign Project - 41 Counties

41 counties completed. 41.4% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the town signs of Page County:

Clarinda, Iowa
Clarinda, Iowa
Population: 5,369 (-203)

Shenandoah, Iowa
Shenandoah, Iowa
Our Pride is Growing…
Population: 4,925 (-225)

Essex, Iowa
Essex, Iowa
EST 1870
Population: 722 (-76)

Coin, Iowa
Coin, Iowa
Welcome To COIN
Est. 1879
Population: 176 (-17)

College Springs, Iowa
College Springs, Iowa
Population: 172 (-42)

Shambaugh, Iowa
Shambaugh, Iowa
Small town, big heart
Est. 1881
Population: 159 (-32)

Braddyville, Iowa
Braddyville, Iowa
Population: 147 (-12)

Yorktown, Iowa
Yorktown, Iowa
Population: 60 (-25)

Northboro, Iowa
Northboro, Iowa
EST 1881
Population: 52 (-6)

Blanchard, Iowa
Blanchard, Iowa
Welcome To BLANCHARD IA, 51630
Population: 38 (-9)

Hepburn, Iowa
Hepburn, Iowa
Hepburn 2 ->
Population: 26 (+3)

The worst town sign of Page County is pretty obvious. Hepburn. They only have a DOT sign. Although Braddyville isn’t much better when the best I can come up for them is a City Hall sign.

I think the Best in Show sign is actually pretty obvious as well. It is the College Springs sign:

College Springs, Iowa
College Springs – Best in Show – Page County

College Springs has a really interesting history. It was once the home to Amity College. Amity College had a football team among other sports. According to the website, common opponents for their sports teams were Tabor College (remember them from last week) Corning Academy of Iowa, Creighton, Bellevue, Kirksville Osteopathic, Northwest Teachers, and Chillicothe Business College of Missouri. However, the also played The University of Missouri. In 1897, Amity College hosted Missouri. According to the same website that makes College Springs the smallest town to ever host a game involving a major college. However, the University of Missouri doesn’t seem to have a great online source for information on the early years of their football program. According to the Wikipedia “article” on the 1897 Missouri football season, that game was actually played in nearby Coin. I’m not sure which website I trust on that. The two websites also disagree on when the second matchup between the two teams happened. One list 1897. The other in 1898.

Also, if you look on the College Springs sign you will see what looks like an interesting slide. You will also see a sign that says Crystal Lake, 1918-1943. Those two things are connected. I can find hardly anything about that slide. However, I did find a few pictures of the slide on Flickr from 2009. If you Google College Spring, Iowa flickr you will find those pictures. Since those pictures are over 12 years old, I have no clue if the ruins of that old water park are still around. I have my doubts, but I might keep researching.

Only one town has an alternate sign:

Shenandoah, Iowa
Shenandoah – 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

Tabor, Iowa
Best in Show – Fremont 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

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page 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 end up in Taylor County.

One thought on “Town Sign Project: Page County”

  1. Coin was my favorite of this group! I think because the 8 in the year is backwards, so it’s visually intriguing.

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