Town Sign Project: Ringgold County

A few weeks back I cruised around Ringgold County on a solo town sign harvesting trip. I actually harvested the town signs of 3 different counties on this trip. Ringgold was the last of the three counties.

Here are some facts about Ringgold County:

+ Population is 4,663 making it the 98th most populous county in Iowa. Below Audubon County and above Adams County.
+ Named after Major Samuel Ringgold a hero of the Battle of Palo Alto during the Mexican-American War. It is one of 26 counties in Iowa that has a completely unique name.
+ Mount Ayr is the largest town and county seat.
+ The birthplace of Hy-Vee.
+ Birthplace of astronaut Peggy Whitson.
+ Major highways are US-169, IA-2, and IA-25.
+ Adjacent counties are Union, Decatur, and Taylor.
+ Population peaked in 1900 at 15,325.

The Ringgold County Courthouse is fairly nondescript.

Ringgold  County Courthouse
The Ringgold County Courthouse in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

The Ringgold County Freedom Rock is located in Diagonal, Iowa:

Ringgold County Freedom Rock

Ringgold County Freedom Rock

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

Town Sign Project - 43 Counties

43 counties completed. 43.4% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the town signs of Ringgold County:

Mount Ayr, Iowa
Mount Ayr, Iowa
Mount Ayr
Population: 1,623 (-68)

Diagonal, Iowa
Diagonal, Iowa
EST. 1888
Population: 344 (+14)

Kellerton, Iowa
Kellerton, Iowa
EST. 1881
Population: 243 (-72)

Tingley, Iowa
Tingley, Iowa
EST. 1883
Population: 136 (-48)

Redding, Iowa
Redding, Iowa
Population: 63 (-19)

Benton, Iowa
Benton, Iowa
Welcome to BENTON
EST. 1889
Once a Railroad Town
Population: 39 (-2)

Delphos, Iowa
Delphos, Iowa
Population: 26 (+1)

Maloy, Iowa
Maloy, Iowa
EST. 1887
Population: 22 (-7)

Ellston, Iowa
Ellston, Iowa
EST. 1881
Population: 19

Beaconsfield, Iowa
Beaconsfield, Iowa
EST. 1881
Population: 15 (0)

Shannon City, Iowa
Shannon City, Iowa (Partially in Union County)
Shannon City 2 ->
Population: 73 (-12)

I think it is pretty obvious that Shannon City has the worst town sign. Just a DOT sign. Obviously Delphos isn’t much better, but somehow their DOT sign manages to have more character. Redding isn’t great, but at least they had a post office to photograph.

But what gets Best in Show for Ringgold County? There really isn’t that sign that blows me away, but there are a couple that I really like. Maloy and Benton. I’m going to give it to Maloy by hair because it more colorful.

Maloy, Iowa
Maloy – Best in Show – Ringgold County

Only one town had an alternate town sign:

Diagonal, Iowa
Diagonal – 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

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

The next time we hit the open road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will hit it in Monona County.