Town Sign Project: Howard County

A couple months back I went up to Howard County to harvest their town signs. It was a successful day.

Here are some facts about Howard County:
+ Population is 9,201. Making it the 80th most populous county. Below Emmet County and above Davis County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Cresco.
+ Formed in 1851.
+ Named after Tilghman Ashurt Howard. A layer, politician and diplomat from Indiana. Maybe the most obscure person to have a county named after them in Iowa.
+ Major highways are: US-63, IA-9, and IA-139.
+ Adjacent counties are Winnesheik, Chickasaw, Mitchell, and Floyd.
+ Population peaked in 1900 at 14,512. Population has declined in every census since 1950.

I do love the Howard County Courthouse:


Howard County Courthouse
The Howard County Courthouse in Cresco, Iowa.

The Howard County Freedom Rock is located in Cresco, Iowa.


Howard County Freedom Rock.

Howard County Freedom Rock.
Best I did apparently.

Howard County Freedom Rock.

With Howard County completed, here is the Updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 79 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

79 counties down. 79.8% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Note. Riceville is partially in Howard County, but more in Mitchell County, so I shared that town sign when I shared the town signs of Mitchell County.

Here are the town signs of Howard County:


Cresco, Iowa
Cresco, Iowa
“IOWA’S YEAR ROUND PLAY GROUND”
CRESCO
Population: 3,888 (+20)

Elma, Iowa
Elma, Iowa
1886
ELMA
Population: 505 (-41)

Lime Springs, Iowa
Lime Springs, Iowa
LIME SPRINGS
BEST TOWN BY A DAM SITE!
Population: 473 (-32)

Protivin, Iowa
Protivin, Iowa (Partially in Chickasaw County)
PROTIVIN
Vitame Vas
(Welcomes You)
INC. 1894
Population: 269 (-14)

Chester, Iowa
Chester, Iowa
Welcome To
CHESTER
I O W A
ESTABLISHED 1858
Population: 139 (+12)

That’s it. There are 5 incorporated towns (mostly) in Howard County.

There isn’t a bad town sign in Howard County, so I’m not going to give out a last place trophy for Howard County.

However, is there a great town sign in Howard County? One of them has to be the best. I really like Chester and Elma. But I have to give the purple ribbon to Lime Springs. Not the first “Best Town by a Dam Site!” I’ve seen (Alden comes to mind), but the font and the picture is great!


Lime Springs, Iowa
Lime Springs – Best in Show – Howard County

There are a few alternate signs in Howard County:


Lime Springs, Iowa
Lime Springs – Alternate

Lime Springs, Iowa
Lime Springs – Alternate

Elma, Iowa
Elma – Alternate

Cresco, Iowa
Cresco – Alternate

Cresco, Iowa
Cresco – Alternate

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:


Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams County

Centerville, Iowa
Best in Show – Appanoose County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Gilbertville, Iowa
Best in Show – Black Hawk County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

Readlyn, Iowa
Best in Show – Bremer County

Storm Lake, Iowa
Best in Show – Buena Vista 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

Lowden, Iowa
Best in Show – Cedar County

Dougherty, Iowa
Best in Show – Cerro Gordo County

Washta, Iowa
Best in Show – Cherokee County

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke County

Rossie, Iowa
Best in Show – Clay County

Low Moor, Iowa
Best in Show – Clinton County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Weldon, Iowa
Best in Show – Decatur County

Terril, Iowa
Terril – Best in Show – Dickinson County
Best in Show – Dickinson County

Ringsted, Iowa
Best in Show – Emmet County

Marble Rock, Iowa
Best in Show – Floyd 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

Modale, Iowa
Best in Sow – Harrison County

Lime Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Howard County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Millersburg, Iowa
Best in Show – Iowa County

La Motte, Iowa
Best in Show – Jackson County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Anamosa, Iowa
Best in Show – Jones County

Webster, Iowa
Best in Show – Keokuk County

Titonka, Iowa
Best in Show – Kossuth County

Springville, Iowa
Best in Show – Linn County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas County

George, Iowa
Best in Show – Lyon County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Leighton, Iowa
Best in Show – Mahaska County

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Malvern, Iowa
Best in Show – Mills County

Riceville, Iowa
Best in Show – Mitchell County

Onawa, Iowa
Best in Show – Monona County

Melrose, Iowa
Best in Show – Monroe County

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

Paullina, Iowa
Best in Show – O’Brien County

Melvin, Iowa
Best in Show – Osceola County

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page County

Mallard, Iowa
Best in Show – Palo Alto County

Kingsley, Iowa
Best in Show – Plymouth County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Walnut, Iowa
Best in Show – Pottawattamie 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

Orange City, Iowa
Best in Show – Sioux 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

Sloan, Iowa
Best in Show – Woodbury County

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the open road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT we will end up in Chickasaw County.

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