I need to start today by wishing Andy a happy birthday. Happy birthday Andy!
I hope your birthday is as amazing as you want it to be!
Last weekend I got to get out and harvest more town signs. This time I hit up Guthrie County.
Here are some facts about Guthrie County:
+ Population: 10,954
+ Guthrie Center is the county seat.
+ Stuart is the largest town, but is partially in Adair County
+ he county was formed on January 15, 1851 and named after Captain Edwin B. Guthrie, who had died in the Mexican–American War.
Guthrie County has one of the ugliest courthouses I’ve ever seen. Right up there with Story County:
Guthrie County Courthouse
The Guthrie County Freedom Rock is located in Guthrie Center.
Here is the Guthrie County Photo Map:
Guthrie County Photo Map – Boundaries, not close, I’m sure.
With Guthrie County knocked out, here is the updated Photography 130 Conquest Map:
14 counties completed. 14.1% of the Cyclone State conquered!
Here are the Guthrie County signs:
Stuart, Iowa (Partially in Adair County)
The City of Stuart Welcomes You
Guthrie Center, Iowa
Welcome to Guthrie Center
Lake Panorama – Census Designated Place
Coon Rapids, Iowa (Mostly in Carroll County
Coon Rapids – In the Heart of Corn Country
Welcome to Panora and Lake Panorama
Adair, Iowa (Mostly in Adair County)
Adair Iowa – Home of the Bombers – Welcome to Adair – It’ll make you smile!
Welcome to Bayard
Welcome to Casey Iowa – Since 1869
Welcome to Menlo – A Town of Few & Friend of All
Welcome to Bagley – 1882
Yale – Est. 1882 – Not the Biggest, But the Best – Annual July 4th Celebration
Welcome to Jamaica – Est. 1882
I think there is a chance that some people might consider my picks for Guthrie County to be controversial this week. It turns out my Hardin County picks weren’t controversial, but Guthrie is an entirely different county.
Adair and Coon Rapids are not eligible for Guthrie County awards as they are mostly in other counties.
Guthrie County has a pretty good collection of town signs. However, there are a couple stinkers out there. Stuart’s is awful. But Guthrie Center has one of the worst signs I’ve seen so far.
It was a little harder to pick the best sign. I enjoy the roughness of the Bayard sign. I enjoy the tropical feel of the Jamaica sign. I like the festive nature of Yale’s sign. I like the fun of Casey’s sign. However, it Menlo. Menlo clearly has the best sign in Guthrie County!
Menlo – Best in Show – Guthrie County
There are a couple of towns that had alternate signs:
The famous White Pole Road runs through Guthrie County. Many of the best signs are on that road.
Here is the current list of Best in Shows:
Best in Show – Boone County
Best in Show – Carroll County
Best in Show – Crawford County
Best in Show – Dallas County
Best in Show – Greene County
Best in Show – Guthrie County
Best in Show – Hamilton County
Best in Show – Hardin County
Best in Show – Jasper County
Best in Show – Marshall County
Best in Show – Polk County
Best in Show – Story County
Best in Show – Webster County
Best in Show – Wright County
Here is the updated BENNETT POWER RANKINGS:
#4. Pilot Mound
#2. Coon Rapids
The next county we will visit is Audubon County.