Town Sign Project: Jones County

A few weeks back I made a road trip with Michelle to harvest the town signs of Jones County.

Here are some facts about Jones County:

+ The population is 20,760 making it the 31st most populous county in Iowa. Below Carroll County and above Buchanan County.
+ Anamosa is the largest town and county seat.
+ Was founded in 1837 and is named after George Wallace Jones.
+ Home of Anamosa State Penitentiary.
+ Major highways are: US-151, IA-1, IA-38, IA-64, and IA-136.
+ Adjacent counties are Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Clinton, Cedar, and Linn.
+ Population peaked in 1900 at 21,954.

The Jones County Courthouse is pretty meh:


Jones County Courthouse
The Jones County Courthouse in Anamosa, Iowa.

The Jones County Freedom Rock is located in Stone City, Iowa:


Jones County Freedom Rock

Jones County Freedom Rock

Jones County Freedom Rock

Jones County Freedom Rock

With Jones County completed, this is the updated Photography 130 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 53 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

53 counties completed. 53.5% of the Cyclone State conquered!

Here are the town signs of Jones County:


Anamosa, Iowa
Anamosa, Iowa
ANAMOSA
BIRTHPLACE OF GRANT WOOD
*MUSEUMS
*ANTIQUES
NEXT EXIT
Population: 5,450 (-83)

Monticello, Iowa
Monticello, Iowa
MONTICELLO
Population: 3,796 (+244)

Cascade, Iowa
Cascade, Iowa (Partially in Dubuque County)
CASCADE
Population: 2,386 (+227)

Olin, Iowa
Olin, Iowa
WELCOME TO OLIN
SINCE 1835
Stop for a Visit… Stay for a Lifetime!
Population: 651 (-47)

Wyoming, Iowa
Wyoming, Iowa
Welcome To WYOMING
The Christmas City
Population: 523 (+8)

Oxford Junction, Iowa
Oxford Junction, Iowa
OXFORD JUNCTION
EST. 1871
Population: 424 (-72)

Martelle, Iowa
Martelle, Iowa
WELCOME TO MARTELLE
The small town with the BIG Heart!
Population: 249 (-6)

Onslow, Iowa
Onslow, Iowa
Welceome to Onslow
Est. 1871
Population: 201 (+4)

Morley, Iowa
Morely, Iowa
1925
MORLEY
Population: 966 (-15)

Stone City, Iowa
Stone City, Iowa (Unincorporated)
STONE CITY

I don’t know there is necessarily a terrible sign in this collection. If there is a worst sign, I guess I’d give it to Monticello. But Cascade is equally as boring.

For Best in Show, I think it is pretty obvious. While I like the town signs in Martelle, Olin, Oxford Junction and Morley for just being so weird, I have to give it to Anamosa.


Anamosa, Iowa
Anamosa – Best in Show – Jones County

There are a couple alternate signs in Jones County:


Onslow, Iowa
Onslow – Alternate

Olin, Iowa
Olin – Alternate

Monticello, Iowa
Monticello – Alternate

Cascade, Iowa
Cascade – Alternate

Cascade, Iowa
Cascade – 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

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

Weldon, Iowa
Best in Show – Decatur 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

Anamosa, Iowa
Best in Show – Jones County

Titonka, Iowa
Best in Show – Kossuth County

Springville, Iowa
Best in Show – Linn 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

Humeston, Iowa
Best in Show – Wayne County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Buffalo Center, Iowa
Best in Show – Winnebago County

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the dusty trail for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will end up in Cedar County.

2 thoughts on “Town Sign Project: Jones County”

  1. Morley’s got my vote of this group. Mostly because it looks like an implement you would use in a track and field competition.

  2. It took me awhile to even talk myself into whether or not I thought Morley was even a town sign. I thought at first it was an address marker. But it is in a park and the street it is on isn’t named Morley Avenue or Street or Boulevard or Lane. It is certainly unique. That is for sure.

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