A couple months back I cruised around Louisa County harvesting their town signs. It was a good trip.
Here are some facts about Louisa County:
+ Population is 10,749. Making it the 67th most populous county in Iowa. Below Cherokee County and above Hancock County.
+ Largest town and county seat is Wapello.
+ Formed on December 7, 1836 as part of the Wisconsin Territory. Became part of the Iowa Territory on July 4, 1838.
+ Either named after Louisa Massey or named after Louisa County, Virginia. I like to think it was named after Louisa Massey cause that would make it one of only a couple of counties named after a woman and because Louisa Massey’s fame came from avenging the murder of her brother by shooting the person that murdered him.
+ Boyhood home of Jorge Rios.
+ Home of the Columbus Junction Swinging Bridge.
+ Major highways are: US-61, UIA-70, IA-78, and IA-92.
+ Adjacent counties are: Johnson, Muscatine, Des Moines, Henry, and Washington.
+ Population peaked in 1900 at 13,516.
Louisa County has a boring looking courthouse. Looks like an elementary school I went to:
The Louisa County Courthouse located in Wapello, Iowa.
The Louisa County Freedom Rock is located in Grandview, Iowa:
With Louisa County conquered, here is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:
95 counties completed. 96% of the Cyclone State conquered!
Here are the town signs of Louisa County:
Population: 2,084 (+17)
Louisa County has a solid but not spectacular collection of signs. Last place is pretty obvious, it belongs to Columbus Junction that doesn’t even have a real town sign. Just some banners hanging from their light poles.
I’m a fan of the Fredonia sign. The Cairo sign. The Letts sign. The Grandview sign. But the purple ribbon has to go to Morning Sun!
Morning Sun – Best in Show – Louisa County
There was only one alternate town sign in Louisa County:
Morning Sun – 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 Des Moines County.