A couple months back I cruised around Buena Vista County harvesting the balance of their town signs. It was a foggy, icy, and excellent trip.
Here are some facts about Buena Vista County:
+ Population is 20,283 making it the 29th most populous county in Iowa. Below Mahaska County and above Carroll County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Storm Lake.
+ Formed on January 15, 1851.
+ Named after the Battle of Buena Vista from the Mexican-American War. It is surprising how many things in Iowa are named after things from that war.
+ Home of Buena Vista University.
+ Major highways are: US-71, IA-3, IA-7, IA-10, and IA-110.
+ Adjacent counties are Clay, Pocahontas, Sac, and Cherokee.
+ Population peaked in 1960 at 21,189.
For a modern looking courthouse, I don’t hate the Buena Vista County Courthouse:
Buena Vista County Courthouse located in Storm Lake, Iowa.
The Buena Vista County Freedom Rock is located in Albert City, Iowa.
With Buena Vista County conquered, here is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:
61 counties completed. 61.6% of the Cyclone State conquered.
Here are the town signs of Buena Vista County:
Storm Lake, Iowa
Population: 11,269 (+669)
I think this is a great collection of town signs. It might be the strongest county I’ve seen so far! The only one I think is a bad sign is Alta. I don’t even think that is terrible. It is just that they seem to have made a sign out of a file that was too small and that has made the sign pixelated and doesn’t look very good.
There are so many town signs I love here and when I put together the book I can see at least two of these being included in it. I don’t know what the exact plan for the book is going to be, but I’m leaning towards including 100 town signs in the book. The 100 best in Iowa. Which means many counties won’t be represented and a few counties like Buena Vista could have several.
I love the Albert City sign. I love the sign for Sioux Rapids, Marathon, and Rembrandt as well. But only one town sign includes a giant lighthouse. That means that Storm Lake gets a rare purple ribbon for a county seat!
Storm Lake – Best in Show – Buena Vista County
There are a couple of alternate town signs in Buena Vista County:
Storm Lake – Alternate
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 cruise the roads or Palo Alto County.