Town Sign Project: Monona County

A few weeks back I cruised around Monona County on a solo town sign harvesting trip.

Here are some facts about Monona County:

+ Population is 8,751, making it the 84th most populous county in Iowa. Below Greene County and above Lucas County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Onawa.
+ Was a stopping point in 1804 for Lewis and Clark.
+ Where the Turin Man was discovered.
+ Formed in 1851.
+ Possibly names for an “Indian” word meaning beautiful valley.
+ Major highways are I-29, IA-37, IA-141, IA-175, and IA-183.
+ Adjacent counties are Woodbury, Crawford, and Harrison.
+ Population peaked in 18,238 in 1940.

The Monona County Courthouse is fair:

Monona County Courthouse
The Monona County Courthouse in Onawa, Iowa.

The Monona County Freedom Rock is located in Onawa, Iowa:

Monona County Freedom Rock

Monona County Freedom Rock

Monona County Freedom Rock

Monona County Freedom Rock

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

Town Sign Project - 44 Counties

44 counties completed. 44.4% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the town signs of Monona County:

Onawa, Iowa
Onawa, Iowa
EST. 1857
Population: 2,906 (-92)

Mapleton, Iowa
Mapleton, Iowa
Population: 1,165 (-59)

Whiting, Iowa
Whiting, Iowa
welcome to WHITING
Population: 745 (-17)

Ute, Iowa
Ute, Iowa
Population: 338(-36)

Blencoe, Iowa
Blencoe, Iowa
Welcome To Blencoe
“You Are Among Friends”
Populatoin: 233 (+9)

Moorhead, Iowa
Moorhead, Iowa
Population: 199 (-27)

Soldier, Iowa
Soldier, Iowa
Population: 184 (+10)

Castana, Iowa
Castana, Iowa
Welcome To Castana
Established 1886
Population: 107 (-40)

Turin, Iowa
Turin, Iowa
Population: 72 (+4)

Rodney, Iowa
Rodney, Iowa
Population: 45 (-15)

Grant Center, Iowa - Unincorporated
Grant Center, Iowa – Unincorporated

I don’t think there is a bad town sign in Monona County, so I’m not going to single one out for having the worst.

Despite there being some really solid town signs, I think the best is pretty obvious. It goes to Onawa. The rare triple crown winner. County Seat, Home of the Freedom Rock, and Home of the Best Town Sign.

Onawa, Iowa
Onawa – Best in Show – Monona County

And yes, their main street is very wide. I think 8 lanes wide. There are no alternate town signs in Monona County.

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

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 Count

Nemaha, Iowa
Best in Show – Sac 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

Next time we visit THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will visit Shelby County.

2 thoughts on “Town Sign Project: Monona County”

  1. I do believe they definitely back it up. I think it was 8 lanes wide.

    It is definitely a cool little town.

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