A few months back I cruised around Muscatine County harvesting their town signs. It was a pretty good trip that concluded with me purchasing the best watermelon I’ve ever had in my life.
Here some facts about Muscatine County:
+ Population is 42,688. Making it the 14th most populous county in Iowa. Below Cerro Gordo and above Marshall.
+ The largest town and county seat is Muscatine.
+ Formed in December of 1836.
+ Possibly named after an island that is named after the Mascouten tribe.
+ Major highways are US-6, US-61, IA-22, IA-38, IA-70, and IA-92.
+ Adjacent counties are: Cedar, Johnson, Louisa, and Scott.
+ Currently at peak population.
Muscatine County has a beautiful courthouse:
The Muscatine County Courthouse located in Muscatine.
The Muscatine County Freedom Rock is located in Wilton, Iowa:
With Muscatine County conquered, here is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:
90 counties completed. 90.9% of the Cyclone State conquered!
Here are the town signs of Muscatine County:
Pearl of the Mississippi
Population: 23,797 (+911)
Muscatine County has a pretty solid collection of town signs. I’m not sure which is the worst. It is either West Liberty or Moscow. I’m going to go with Moscow as being the worst because when you have a town name like Moscow, you really should do something sweet with your sign. But I still give any unincorporated town a bit of respect for having a sign.
I love the Fruitland sign for its artwork. I love the Nichols sign because it has been beautifully abandoned. I love that Atalissa has taken the grump count to Readlyn and upped them by one. I love the beaver artwork on the Wilton town sign. I love how the Stockton town sign is so in your face about how they are polluting and destroying the environment. Deal with it. I have a feeling a few of those are going to make it into the book. The book that I hope to start working on sometime around November. But I’m going to have to give the purple ribbon to Conesville.
Conesville – Best in Show – Muscatine County
There are a few alternate town signs in Muscatine County:
Nichols – 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 visit the town signs of Henry County.