A couple months back I cruised around Des Moines County harvesting their town signs. It was definitely a good trip and a county I would visit again.
Here are some facts about Des Moines County:
+ Population is 38,491 making it the 16th most populous county in Iowa. Below Marshall County and above Jasper County.
+ Largest town and county seat is Burlington.
+ Formed in September 1834 as part of the Michigan Territory. Became part of the Iowa Territory on July 4, 1838.
+ Named after the Des Moines River.
+ Home of letters written by Anne Frank to a pen pal she had in Danville.
+ Home of the Iowa Ammunition Plant.
+ Home of the “World’s Crookedest Street”. Snake Alley.
+ Major highways are: US-34 and US-61.
+ Adjacent counties are: Louisa, Lee, and Henry.
+ Population peaked in 1970 at 46,982.
Des Moines County has a pretty meh courthouse:
The Des Moines County Courthouse located in Burlington, Iowa.
The Des Moines County Freedom Rock is located in Mediapolis, Iowa.
With Des Moines County conquered, here is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:
96 counties completed. 97% of the Cyclone State conquered!
Here are the town signs of Des Moines County:
Welcome To Historic Downtown BURLINGTON
Population: 23,982 (-1,671)
Des Moines County is one of the weakest collection of town signs out there. None of them are exactly terrible, but none of them are great. If I have to give out a last place, I’ll give it to Danville cause that is more of a school sign than a town sign.
The purple ribbon is pretty obvious. No need for suspense. Best of Show goes to Middletown.
Middletown – Best in Show – Des Moines County
There was only one alternate town sign in Des Moines County:
Middletown – 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 hit the open roads of Dubuque County.