A few months back I cruised around Wapello County harvesting their town signs. It was a good trip.
Here are some facts about Wapello County:
+ Population is 35,256. Making it the 20th most populous county in Iowa. Below Sioux County and above Marion County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Ottumwa.
+ Was formed on February 17, 1843.
+ Named for the Meskwaki Chief Wapello.
+ The “birthplace” of Iowa.
+ Site of the house in the background of Grant Wood’s painting “American Gothic”.
+ Major highways are: US-34, US-63, IA-16, IA-137, IA-149.
+ Adjacent counties are Mahaska, Keokuk, Jefferson, Davis, and Monroe.
+ Population peaked in 1950 at 47,397.
The Wapello Courthouse is kinda cool looking but the statue on the top is next level:
Wapello County Courthouse in Ottumwa, Iowa.
The Wapello County Freedom Rock is located in Ottumwa, Iowa.
With Wapello County conquered, here is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:
89 counties completed. 88.9% of the Cyclone State conquered!
Here are the town signs of Wapello County:
CITY OF BRIDGES
Population: 25,529 (+506)
I don’t know that there is really a bad town sign in the bunch. I would say the most disappointing is Eldon. When yo have something so iconic as the American Gothic house in your town, your really need to do better with your town sign.
As for the purple ribbon. Best in Show? I really like the Chillicothe sign, but it has to go to Agency.
Agency – Best in Show – Wapello County
There was only on alternate town sign in Wapello County:
Agency – 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 Muscatine County.