The September image for the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is a familiar look for Boonies. It is an overlook on the Des Moines River taken from Ledges State Park.
Tomorrow I will share the October image from the 2022 Calendar.
A few weeks back I cruised around Wayne County with Vest harvesting their town signs.
Here are some facts about Wayne County:
+ Population is 6,497, making it the 94th most populous county in Iowa. Behind Fremont County and above Osceola County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Corydon.
+ Its southern border with Missouri was uncertain until the states got a decision from the US Supreme Court in 1848 which held the 1816 Sullivan line (re-marked in 1850), originally run as the northern boundary of an Osage Indian “cession.” This line is not a true east–west line so the county does not have an exactly rectangular shape.
+ Formed in 1846.
+ Named after General Anthony Wayne.
+ Major highways are US-65, IA-2, and IA-14.
+ Adjacent counties are Lucas, Appanoose, and Decatur.
+ Population peaked in 1900 at 17,491.
The Wayne County Courthouse is mostly a miss.
The Wayne County Courthouse in Corydon, Iowa.
The Wayne County Freedom Rock is located in Corydon, Iowa:
With Wayne County conquered, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:
51 counties conquered. 51.5% of the Cyclone State conquered!
Here are the town signs of Wayne County:
Population: 1,526 (-59)
I’m just going to be frank. Wayne County has the worst collection of town signs of any county to date. I don’t even think it is close either. Unfortunately, the Highway 34 Monorail Salesman (monorail!) made his way south and sold his wretched signs to Lineville, Corydon, and Promise City. They all tie for worst town sign. Which is saying something, considering Allerton doesn’t really have a town sign. I had to snag that from their City Hall. But yes, I would consider no town sign an improvement over the town sign design that snakes its way across the state on Highway 34 and apparently down to Wayne County. Sacre bleu!
That leaves really only 3 contenders for Best in Show. Clio’s sign, while original, is pretty nondescript. There are elements of Seymour’s sign that I like, but I’m always uncomfortable with images of indigenous peoples that smack of stereotypes for towns that don’t seem to have a population of indigenous peoples or much of a indigenous peoples history. Millerton’s sign is solid, but I’m going to have to give the purple ribbon to Humeston.
Humeston – Best in Show – Wayne County
Only Seymour had an alternate town sign:
Seymour – Alternate
I mean, let’s face it, Seymour’s alternate sign is the best town sign in Wayne County, but this sign is several miles outside of town. It isn’t their primary sign, as I define it.
Here is the current list of Best in Shows:
Best in Show – Adair County
The next time we hit the open road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will visit Linn County.