Town Sign Project: Linn County

A few weeks back I finished up harvesting the town signs of Linn County with Michelle.

Here are some facts about Linn County:

+ Population is 230,299 making it the second most populous county in Iowa. Below Polk County and above Scott County.
+ Cedar Rapids is county seat and largest town.
+ Linn County was organized in 1839.
+ Named for Senator Lewis F. Linn of Missouri.
+ Home of the Czech Village.
+ Home of Coe College.
+ Home of Cornell College.
+ Home of Mount Mercy University.
+ Home of PrairieMoon on Main, a stop on the Tenderloin Trail 2.0.
+ Major highways are: I-380, IA-27, US-30, US-151, US-218, IA-1, and IA-13.
+ Adjacent counties are Benton, Buchanan, Delaware, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, and Jones.
+ Currently at its peak population.

Linn County has a beautiful courthouse:

Linn County Courthouse
The Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Linn County Freedom Rock is located in Central City, Iowa:

Linn County Freedom Rock

When I was there, it had yet to be painted, but should be painted by now. I will have to shoot back through there at some point and have a look. Probably on my way to Prairieburg.

With Linn County completed, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:

Town Sign Project - 52 Counties

52 counties finished. 52.5% of the Cyclone State conquered!

Here are the town signs of Linn County:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Population: 137,710 (+11,384)

Marion, Iowa
Marion, Iowa
Population: 41,535 (+6,767)

Hiawatha, Iowa
Hiawatha, Iowa
Population: 7,183 (+159)

Mount Vernon, Iowa
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Population: 4,527 (+19)

Robins, Iowa
Robins, Iowa
Welcome to Robins
Community Family Friends
Established 1888
Population: 3,353 (+211)

Fairfax, Iowa
Fairfax, Iowa
Est. 1863
Inc. 1936
Population: 2,828 (+705)

Center Point, Iowa
Center Point, Iowa
Center Point
Population: 2,579 (+158)

Ely, Iowa
Ely, Iowa
Population: 2,328 (+552)

Lisbon, Iowa
Lisbon, Iowa
Est. 1875
Population: 2,233 (+81)

Palo, Iowa
Palo, Iowa
Gateway to the Outdoors
Population: 1,407 (+381)

Walford, Iowa
Walford, Iowa (Partially in Benton County)
Population: 1,366 (-97)

Central City, Iowa
Central City, Iowa
EST. 1852
Population: 1,264 (-7)

Springville, Iowa
Springville, Iowa
Population: 1,154 (+80)

Coggon, Iowa
Coggon, Iowa
Welcome to Coggon
“The one and only”
Population: 701 (+43)

Walker, Iowa
Walker, Iowa
Welcome to…
Population: 688 (-103)

Alburnett, Iowa
Alburnett, Iowa
the comfort of country and community
Population: 675 (+2)

Bertram, Iowa
Bertram, Iowa
Population: 269 (-25)

Prairieburg, Iowa
Prairieburg, Iowa
Welcome To Prairieburg
Population: 160 (-18)

The worst town sign in Linn County is pretty obvious. It is Bertram. The best they could manage is a city limits town sign.

I think the Best in Show in Linn County is pretty obvious. However, I’ll give Cedar Rapids some credit. For a large city, it has a pretty good town sign. I will also give some respect to the town signs of Robins and Palo, but clearly the best town sign belongs to Springville.

Springville, Iowa
Springville – Best in Show – Linn County

There were a few alternate town signs in Linn County:

Robins, Iowa
Robins – Alternate

Springville, Iowa
Springville – Alternate

Springville, Iowa
Springville – Alternate

Mount Vernon, Iowa
Mount Vernon – Alternate

Mount Vernon, Iowa
Mount Vernon – Alternate

Coggon, Iowa
Coggon – Alternate

Central City, Iowa
Central City – Alternate

Alburnett, Iowa
Alburnett – 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

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 will hit the dusty trail for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we end up in Jones County.

2 thoughts on “Town Sign Project: Linn County”

  1. I agree with all of your comments. I was shocked that Cedar Rapids had as good of a sign as they did. And Springville is the undisputed winner.

    There were a few of these that had a gravestone vibe to them. But it was overall a great batch, and there are far more towns in Linn County than I realized.

  2. Yeah, Springville is great! Even one of their alternate signs is sweet.

    Something I forgot to point out, since there are just so many towns in Linn County (it is a huge county) and there are lots of Cedar Rapids suburbs is the Onslow alternate sign. I’m not sure it really qualifies as a town sign and is more like a veteran memorial. But I love the fact that if you look at it closely you can see that it used to be a rock in somebody’s yard. There is the name Gutzeit on the top. Then a picture of an elephant. Then under that it says Tom and Sherry. Maybe that will wear off more in the future, but they didn’t do a great job of cleaning that off. I didn’t notice it when I took the picture. Otherwise, I would have checked out the backside. Maybe it is a clue to where you find the holy grail or the templar treasure.

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