A few weeks back I hit the open road to harvest the town signs of Winnebago County.
Here are some facts about Winnebago County:
+ The population is 10,679 making it the 69th most populous county in Iowa. Behind Hancock County and above Guthrie County. (Unrelated question, do you think that whenever teachers ask their classes to pick a number, do they still always pick 69 and the laugh uncontrollably? I bet they still do.)
+ The largest town and county seat is Forest City, which is partially in Hancock County.
+ Founded in 1847.
+ Founded after the Native American tribe also known as the Ho-Chunk.
+ Location of motor home manufacturers Winnebag.
+ Major highways are US-69 and US-9. (Unrelated, but back in the day college students used to steal Highway 69 signs and thought it was hilarious. I bet they still do.)
+ Adjacent counties are Worth, Hancock, Kossuth, and Cerro Gordo.
+ Population peaked in 1940 at 13,972.
The Winnebago Courthouse is pretty sweet. Especially the fountain out front.
The Winnebago Courthouse in Forest City, Iowa.
The Winnebago County Freedom Rock is located in Lake Mills, Iowa.
If you ever want to check out all the Freedom Rocks and Courthouses to date, just click on this link below:
With Winnebago County conquered, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:
49 counties completed. 49.5% of the Cyclone State conquered!
Here are the town signs of Winnebago County:
Forest City, Iowa (Partially in Hancock County)
Population: 4,285 (+134)
I don’t think there is a bad town sign in the bunch. If I had to pick a least favorite, it would probably be Lake Mills or Thompson gets points for the at least using a fun font.
Best in Show is pretty obvious. I like the town signs of Leland and Rake, but really it is all about the Buffalo.
Buffalo Center – Best in Show – Winnebago County
When I worked at the Campus Outpost of the Evil Clown Empire my Breakfast Assistant was a woman named Jean Smith. She was from Buffalo Center, Iowa. Jean passed away a few years after I left for the Computer Mine. She was a fascinating person and have many fond memories of her. I thought about her as I drove through Buffalo Center.
A few towns in Winnebago County have alternate town signs:
Thompson – Alternate
Here is the current list of Best in Shows:
Best in Show – Adair County
The next time we hit the dusty road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT we will head south to Decatur County.