Town Sign Project: Bremer County

A few weeks back after the semi-annual Howard Family Photo Shoot, I tooled around Bremer County harvesting their town signs. Here are some facts about Bremer County:

+ The population is 24,998 making it the 26th most populous county in Iowa. Below Benton County and above Washington County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Waverly.
+ Named after Fredrika Bremer, a Swedish feminist writer.
+ Home of Wartburg College.
+ Major highways are US-63, US-218, IA-3, IA-27, IA-93, and IA-188.
+ Adjacent counties are Chickasaw, Fayette, Floyd, Black Hawk, Buchanan, and Butler.
+ Is currently at its peak population. Previous high was 24,820 in 1980.

Bremer County has a fair looking courthouse:

Bremer County Courthouse
Bremer County Courthouse in Waverly, Iowa.

The Bremer County Freedom Rock is located in Readlyn, Iowa:

Bremer County Freedom Rock

Bremer County Freedom Rock

Bremer County Freedom Rock

Bremer County Freedom Rock

Bremer County Freedom Rock

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

Town Sign Project - 47 Counties

47 counties completed. 47.5% of the Cyclone State conquered!

Here are the town signs of Bremer County:

Waverly, Iowa
Waverly, Iowa
Population: 10,394 (+520)

Sumner, Iowa
Sumner, Iowa (Partially in Fayette County)
Welcome to Sumner
Population: 2,030 (+2)

Denver, Iowa
Denver, Iowa
Welcome to DENVER
The Mile Wide City
Population: 1,919 (+139)

Tripoli, Iowa
Tripoli, Iowa
Population: 1,191 (-122)

Janesville, Iowa
Janesville, Iowa (Partially in Black Hawk County)
EST. 1849
The Oldest City in Bremer and Black Hawk County
Population: 1,034 (+104)

Readlyn, Iowa
Readlyn, Iowa
“857 friendly PEOPLE”
& one old GRUMP
Population: 845 (+37)

Plainfield, Iowa
Plainfield, Iowa
Population: 393 (-43)

Frederika, Iowa
Frederika, Iowa
Welcome to Frederika
Est. 1896
Gem of the Wapsie
Population: 204 (+21)

Horton, Iowa (Unincorporated)
Horton, Iowa (Unincorporated)
Est. 1856

Maxfield, Iowa - Ghost Town
Maxfield, Iowa – Ghost Town
“Welcome to Maxfield”

I actually don’t think there is a bad town sign in Bremer County. Even the corporate art types like Sumner manage to be interesting. So I’m not awarding a worst town sign in Bremer County award.

Best in Show is very obvious. But if towns like Plainfield and Denver and Frederika weren’t in the same county as Readlyn they could very easily win Best in Show.

Readlyn, Iowa
Readlyn – Best in Show – Bremer County

There is only one town with an alternate town sign:

Readlyn, Iowa
Readlyn – Alternate

Readlyn, Iowa
Readlyn – Alternate

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

Readlyn, Iowa
Best in Show – Bremer 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

Malvern, Iowa
Best in Show – Mills County

Onawa, Iowa
Best in Show – Monona 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

Maloy, Iowa
Best in Show – Ringgold County

Nemaha, Iowa
Best in Show – Sac County

Elk Horn, Iowa
Best in Show – Shelby County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Tama, Iowa
Best in Show – Tama County

Gravity, Iowa
Best in Show – Taylor 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 Kossuth County.

2 thoughts on “Town Sign Project: Bremer County”

  1. I thought the Denver one was particularly clever! I love Readlyn, but I sort of feel like that grump is getting bullied, and it’s not going to make the grumpiness any better.

  2. I believe that a new grump is elected every year. So you only get bullied for a year.

    Apparently this is based on some guy that got off a train and walked around town being a jerk back in the 1930s.

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