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NYC – Two

Here is another collection of images from my trip to New York City with Jesse back in 2011. Most of these pictures are taken around Ellis Island, but some are taken where all the white collar criminals hang out. It was scary hanging out in such a bad neighborhood, but we got in and out without anybody getting us involved in shorting stocks.



By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entry to its original glory:

MORE RANDOM NYC – ELLIS ISLAND AND FINANCIAL DISTRICT

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will also involve New York City.

Cerro Gordo and Worth County Auxiliary Images Vol. 1

A few weeks back Jesse and I traveled up north to harvest the town signs of Cerro Gordo and Worth County. This trip included a stop at the Music Man Square in Mason City. Music Man Square is devoted to the history of famous composer. Wilson is most famous for writing the Iowa State pregame song “For I, For S”. Some people recognize the name because he wrote THE MUSIC MAN too. I think there is some little ditty you hear coming out of Iowa City now and again that he also wrote. A song that is based on another one of his hits, “It’s Begging to Look a Lot Like Christmas”. But he is definitely best known for “For I, For S”.

Here is the first collection of pictures from the road trip:


Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell
Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City
Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City
The starts the T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Pool!

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

If you think I was watching the inferior but still great Matthew Broderick version of THE MUSIC MAN that you can watch for free on YouTube while I was writing this post, well you would be right! One of the greatest musicals ever.

Town Sign Project: Mills County

A few weeks back I made a solo town harvesting trip to Mills County.

Here are some facts about Mills County:

+ The population of Mills County is 14,484, making it the 54th most populous county in Iowa. Below Harrison County and above Butler County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Glenwood.
+ Was formed in 1851 and named for Major Frederick Mills of Burlington, Iowa who was killed at the Battle of Churubusco during the Mexican-American War.
+ The first settlement was founded in 1846 by persecuted members of The Church of Latter-day Saints.
+ Major highways are I-29, US-34, US-59, US-275, and IA-370.
+ Adjacent counties are: Pottawattamie, Montgomery, and Fremont.
+ Population peaked in 1900 at 16,764.

Mills County has a pretty ugly courthouse:


Mills County Courthouse
The Mills County Courthouse in Glenwood, Iowa.

The Mills County Freedom Rock is located in Emerson, Iowa:


Mills County Freedom

Mills County Freedom

Mills County Freedom

With Shelby County conquered, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 46 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

46 counties completed. 46.5% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the town signs of Mills County:


Glenwood, Iowa
Glenwood, Iowa
Welcome to GLENWOOD
Population: 5,073 (-196)

Malvern, Iowa
Malvern, Iowa
MALVERN
Population: 1,046 (-96)

Emerson, Iowa
Emerson, Iowa
Emerson
NEXT LEFT
EMERSON DAYS SEP 11
Population: 403 (-35)

Silver City, Iowa
Silver City, Iowa
Welcome to Silver City
ESTABLISHED 1879
Where “This is Home”
Population: 245 (0)

Mineola, Iowa - Unincorporated
Mineola, Iowa (Unincorporated)
MINEOLA
EST. 1880
Population: 154 (-12)

Hastings, Iowa
Hastings, Iowa
THE CITY OF HASTINGS WELCOMES YOU
EST. 1877
FOUNDED 1869
Population: 152 (0)

Henderson, Iowa
Henderson, Iowa
WELCOME TO HENDERSON
Population: 144 (-41)

Pacific Junction, Iowa
Pacific Junction, Iowa
Welcome to Pacific Junction
Rise Above the Water
Population: 96 (-375)

Mills County has a pretty solid set of signs. There isn’t really a bad sign in the county. But if I had to pick the worst, I would go with Glenwood. Just boring corporate art.

I might actually surprise some people (even persons that might have to begrudgingly admit that I’m pretty much always right about the town sign each week) with my pick for my favorite town sign in Mills County. It is a little more corporate art looking than I usually pick and if the sign was standalone, I wouldn’t even give it a second look. However, they augment the sign with an incredible tree sculpture and that puts it over the top for me.


Malvern, Iowa
Malvern – Best in Show – Mills County

There is one alternate town sign in Mills County:


Malvern, Iowa
Malvern – Alternate

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:


Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

New Hartford, Iowa
Best in Show – Butler County

Manson, Iowa
Best in Show – Calhoun County

Coon Rapids, Iowa
Best in Show – Carroll County

Anita, Iowa
Best in Show – Cass County

Dougherty, Iowa
Best in Show – Cerro Gordo County

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Popejoy, Iowa
Best in Show – Franklin County

Tabor, Iowa
Best in Show – Fremont County

Scranton, Iowa
Best in Show – Greene County

Beaman, Iowa
Best in Show – Grundy County

Menlo, Iowa
Best in Show – Guthrie County

Stanhope, Iowa
Best in Show – Hamilton County

Britt, Iowa
Best in Show – Hancock County

Ackley, Iowa
Best in Show – Hardin County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Malvern, Iowa
Best in Show – Mills County

Onawa, Iowa
Best in Show – Monona County

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Malcom, Iowa
Best in Show – Poweshiek County

Maloy, Iowa
Best in Show – Ringgold County

Nemaha, Iowa
Best in Show – Sac County

Elk Horn, Iowa
Best in Show – Shelby County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Tama, Iowa
Best in Show – Tama County

Gravity, Iowa
Best in Show – Taylor County

Creston, Iowa
Best in Show – Union County

New Virginia, Iowa
Best in Show – Warren County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the open road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT that open road will take us all the way to Bremer County.

Pocahontas County Auxiliary Images Vol. 2

This the second and final collection of auxiliary images I took while harvesting the town signs of Pocahontas County. Although almost half of these images were taken in Buena Vista County.


Buena Vista County - Marathon
Marathon

Buena Vista County - Marathon

Buena Vista County - Marathon

Buena Vista County - Albert City
Albert City

Buena Vista County - Albert City

Buena Vista County - Albert City

Buena Vista County - Albert City

Buena Vista County - Albert City

Buena Vista County - Albert City

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas
Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas
I wonder if this is the same Bob from Bob’s Bench?

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Pocahontas County - Pocahontas

Don’t get me wrong. I hope the Pocahontas statue stands for a thousand years. I hope that when the apes inevitably taken over the planet from our failed species, that it is the head of this statue that Charlton Heston finds washed up on a beach before he damns humanity to hell. But man is it one ugly statue.

Pocahontas County Auxiliary Images Vol. 1

Several weeks back I cruised around Pocahontas County harvesting their town signs. Pocahontas County is the home of the most awesome statue in Iowa. It is also home to one of the worst statues in Iowa. In this collection you will see the most awesome statue in Iowa.


Pocahontas County - Rolfe
Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Rolfe

Pocahontas County - Plover
Plover

Pocahontas County - Havelock
Havelock

Pocahontas County - Havelock

Pocahontas County - Havelock

Pocahontas County - Havelock

Pocahontas County - Havelock

Pocahontas County - Havelock

Pocahontas County - Havelock

Pocahontas County - Havelock

Pocahontas County - Laurens
Laurens

Pocahontas County - Laurens

Pocahontas County - Laurens

Pocahontas County - Laurens
I want to meet Bob.

Pocahontas County - Laurens

There is one more collection of images from Pocahontas County still left to be shared.

Town Sign Project: Shelby County

A few weeks back I made a solo town harvesting trip to Shelby County.

Here are some facts about Shelby County:

+ Population is 11,746. Making it the 65th most populous county in Iowa. Below Lyon County and above Cherokee County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Harlan.
+ Formed in 1851.
+ Named after Revolutionary War hero Isaac Shelby.
+ Major highways are: US-59, IA-37, IA-44, IA-173, and IA-191.
+ Adjacent counties are: Crawford, Audubon, Cass, Pottawattamie, and Harrison.
+ Population peaked in 1900 at 17.932.

The Shelby County Courthouse is pretty:


Shelby County Courthouse
The Shelby County Courthouse in Harlan, Iowa.

The Shelby County Courthouse is located in Earling, Iowa:


Shelby County Freedom Rock

Shelby County Freedom Rock

Shelby County Freedom Rock

Shelby County Freedom Rock

With Shelby County conquered, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 45 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

45 counties completed. 45.5% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the town signs of Shelby County:


Harlan, Iowa
Harlan, Iowa
HARLAN
A growing tradition
Population: 4,893 (+48)

Shelby, Iowa
Shelby, Iowa
WELCOME TO SHELBY
Population: 727 (+76)

Elk Horn, Iowa
Elk Horn, Iowa
Welcome to ELK HORN
Population: 601 (+65)

Earling, Iowa
Earling, Iowa
WELCOME TO EARLING
Population: 397 (+27)

Irwin, Iowa
Irwin, Iowa
Welcome to… IRWIN
Home of the…. STATE CHAMPS
Population: 319 (-25)

Defiance, Iowa
Defiance, Iowa
welcome to DEFIANCE
Population: 245 (+41)

Panama, Iowa
Panama, Iowa
RIDE-WALK-RUN PANAMA
EST 1882
Population: 235 (+31)

Portsmouth, Iowa
Portsmouth, Iowa
WELCOME TO PORTSMOUTH
BIGGEST LITTLE TOWN IN THE U.S.
Population: 182 (+56)

Portsmouth, Iowa - Sign Back
Portsmouth back of sign.

Westphalia, Iowa
Westphalia, Iowa
WELCOME TO WESTPHALIA IOWA
FOUNDED 1872
Population: 123 (-23)

Tennant, Iowa
Tennant, Iowa
WELCOME TO TENNANT
EST. 1903
Population: 78 (+8)

Kirkman, Iowa
Kirkman, Iowa
WELCOME TO KIRKMAN
Population: 56 (-12)

Shelby County has a solid but maybe not spectacular collection of signs. I don’t know that there is a bad sign, but if I have to give a worst sign out, I’d give it to Westphalia. Looks like the cornerstone to a bank.

As for Best in Show in Shelby County, I love the sign in Portsmouth and I don’t usually count murals as town signs, but this mural is definitely the first thing you see when you pull into Panama, but Best in Show clearly goes to Elk Horn:


Elk Horn, Iowa
Elk Horn – Best in Show – Shelby County

There are a few alternate town signs in Shelby County:


Westphalia, Iowa
Westphalia Alternate

Portsmouth, Iowa
Portsmouth Alternate

Portsmouth, Iowa - Sign Back
Portsmouth Alternate Back

Panama, Iowa
Panama Alternate

Earling, Iowa
Earling Alternate


Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

New Hartford, Iowa
Best in Show – Butler County

Manson, Iowa
Best in Show – Calhoun County

Coon Rapids, Iowa
Best in Show – Carroll County

Anita, Iowa
Best in Show – Cass County

Dougherty, Iowa
Best in Show – Cerro Gordo County

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Popejoy, Iowa
Best in Show – Franklin County

Tabor, Iowa
Best in Show – Fremont County

Scranton, Iowa
Best in Show – Greene County

Beaman, Iowa
Best in Show – Grundy County

Menlo, Iowa
Best in Show – Guthrie County

Stanhope, Iowa
Best in Show – Hamilton County

Britt, Iowa
Best in Show – Hancock County

Ackley, Iowa
Best in Show – Hardin County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Onawa, Iowa
Best in Show – Monona County

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Malcom, Iowa
Best in Show – Poweshiek County

Maloy, Iowa
Best in Show – Ringgold Count

Nemaha, Iowa
Best in Show – Sac County

Elk Horn, Iowa
Best in Show – Shelby County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Tama, Iowa
Best in Show – Tama County

Gravity, Iowa
Best in Show – Taylor County

Creston, Iowa
Best in Show – Union County

New Virginia, Iowa
Best in Show – Warren County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the open road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT it will take us all the way to Mills County.

Hancock County Auxiliary Images Vol. 3

Here is the final collection of auxiliary images I took while harvesting the town signs of Hancock County. Although I would say about 50% of these pictures were taken in other counties. Like Winnebago County or Cerro Gordo County or Worth County.


Hancock County - Forest City
Forest City

Hancock County - Forest City

Hancock County - Forest City

Hancock County - Forest City

Hancock County - Forest City

Hancock County - Forest City

Pilot Knob State Park
Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Pilot Knob State Park

Worth County - Fertile
Fertile

Worth County - Fertile

Worth County - Fertile

Worth County - Fertile

Worth County - Fertile

Worth County - Fertile

Worth County - Fertile

Worth County - Fertile

Worth County - Fertile

Worth County - Fertile

Cerro Gordo County - Thornton
Thornton

Wright County - Dows
Dows

The next county I need to share auxiliary images from is Pocahontas County.

Town Sign Project: Monona County

A few weeks back I cruised around Monona County on a solo town sign harvesting trip.

Here are some facts about Monona County:

+ Population is 8,751, making it the 84th most populous county in Iowa. Below Greene County and above Lucas County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Onawa.
+ Was a stopping point in 1804 for Lewis and Clark.
+ Where the Turin Man was discovered.
+ Formed in 1851.
+ Possibly names for an “Indian” word meaning beautiful valley.
+ Major highways are I-29, IA-37, IA-141, IA-175, and IA-183.
+ Adjacent counties are Woodbury, Crawford, and Harrison.
+ Population peaked in 18,238 in 1940.

The Monona County Courthouse is fair:


Monona County Courthouse
The Monona County Courthouse in Onawa, Iowa.

The Monona County Freedom Rock is located in Onawa, Iowa:


Monona County Freedom Rock

Monona County Freedom Rock

Monona County Freedom Rock

Monona County Freedom Rock

With Monona County conquered, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 44 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

44 counties completed. 44.4% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the town signs of Monona County:


Onawa, Iowa
Onawa, Iowa
EST. 1857
IOWA’S BEST KEPT SECRET
ONAWA
WIDEST MAIN STREET IN THE U.S.A.
Population: 2,906 (-92)

Mapleton, Iowa
Mapleton, Iowa
Mapleton
Population: 1,165 (-59)

Whiting, Iowa
Whiting, Iowa
welcome to WHITING
Population: 745 (-17)

Ute, Iowa
Ute, Iowa
UTE
Population: 338(-36)

Blencoe, Iowa
Blencoe, Iowa
Welcome To Blencoe
“You Are Among Friends”
Populatoin: 233 (+9)

Moorhead, Iowa
Moorhead, Iowa
MOORHEAD
Population: 199 (-27)

Soldier, Iowa
Soldier, Iowa
SOLDIER
Population: 184 (+10)

Castana, Iowa
Castana, Iowa
Welcome To Castana
Established 1886
Population: 107 (-40)

Turin, Iowa
Turin, Iowa
WELCOME TO TURIN
HEART OF THE LOESS HILLS
Population: 72 (+4)

Rodney, Iowa
Rodney, Iowa
RODNEY
“ON THE GROW”
Population: 45 (-15)

Grant Center, Iowa - Unincorporated
Grant Center, Iowa – Unincorporated
GRANT CENTER
ESTABLISHED 1881
LITTLE SIOUX VALLEY

I don’t think there is a bad town sign in Monona County, so I’m not going to single one out for having the worst.

Despite there being some really solid town signs, I think the best is pretty obvious. It goes to Onawa. The rare triple crown winner. County Seat, Home of the Freedom Rock, and Home of the Best Town Sign.


Onawa, Iowa
Onawa – Best in Show – Monona County

And yes, their main street is very wide. I think 8 lanes wide. There are no alternate town signs in Monona County.

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:


Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

New Hartford, Iowa
Best in Show – Butler County

Manson, Iowa
Best in Show – Calhoun County

Coon Rapids, Iowa
Best in Show – Carroll County

Anita, Iowa
Best in Show – Cass County

Dougherty, Iowa
Best in Show – Cerro Gordo County

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Popejoy, Iowa
Best in Show – Franklin County

Tabor, Iowa
Best in Show – Fremont County

Scranton, Iowa
Best in Show – Greene County

Beaman, Iowa
Best in Show – Grundy County

Menlo, Iowa
Best in Show – Guthrie County

Stanhope, Iowa
Best in Show – Hamilton County

Britt, Iowa
Best in Show – Hancock County

Ackley, Iowa
Best in Show – Hardin County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Onawa, Iowa
Best in Show – Monona County

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Malcom, Iowa
Best in Show – Poweshiek County

Maloy, Iowa
Best in Show – Ringgold Count

Nemaha, Iowa
Best in Show – Sac County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Tama, Iowa
Best in Show – Tama County

Gravity, Iowa
Best in Show – Taylor County

Creston, Iowa
Best in Show – Union County

New Virginia, Iowa
Best in Show – Warren County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

Next time we visit THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will visit Shelby County.

Town Sign Project: Ringgold County

A few weeks back I cruised around Ringgold County on a solo town sign harvesting trip. I actually harvested the town signs of 3 different counties on this trip. Ringgold was the last of the three counties.

Here are some facts about Ringgold County:

+ Population is 4,663 making it the 98th most populous county in Iowa. Below Audubon County and above Adams County.
+ Named after Major Samuel Ringgold a hero of the Battle of Palo Alto during the Mexican-American War. It is one of 26 counties in Iowa that has a completely unique name.
+ Mount Ayr is the largest town and county seat.
+ The birthplace of Hy-Vee.
+ Birthplace of astronaut Peggy Whitson.
+ Major highways are US-169, IA-2, and IA-25.
+ Adjacent counties are Union, Decatur, and Taylor.
+ Population peaked in 1900 at 15,325.

The Ringgold County Courthouse is fairly nondescript.


Ringgold  County Courthouse
The Ringgold County Courthouse in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

The Ringgold County Freedom Rock is located in Diagonal, Iowa:


Ringgold County Freedom Rock

Ringgold County Freedom Rock

With Ringgold County conquered, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 43 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

43 counties completed. 43.4% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the town signs of Ringgold County:


Mount Ayr, Iowa
Mount Ayr, Iowa
Mount Ayr
ESTABLISHED 1855
Population: 1,623 (-68)

Diagonal, Iowa
Diagonal, Iowa
WELCOME TO DIAGONAL
EST. 1888
Population: 344 (+14)

Kellerton, Iowa
Kellerton, Iowa
WELCOME TO KELLERTON
EST. 1881
Population: 243 (-72)

Tingley, Iowa
Tingley, Iowa
TINGLEY
EST. 1883
Population: 136 (-48)

Redding, Iowa
Redding, Iowa
U.S. POST OFFICE REDDING, IA 50860
Population: 63 (-19)

Benton, Iowa
Benton, Iowa
Welcome to BENTON
EST. 1889
Once a Railroad Town
Population: 39 (-2)

Delphos, Iowa
Delphos, Iowa
DELPHOS
Population: 26 (+1)

Maloy, Iowa
Maloy, Iowa
MALOY
EST. 1887
Population: 22 (-7)

Ellston, Iowa
Ellston, Iowa
WELCOME TO ELLSTON
EST. 1881
Population: 19

Beaconsfield, Iowa
Beaconsfield, Iowa
Welcome to BEACONSFIELD
EST. 1881
HOME OF ASTRONAUT PEGGY WHITSON
SITE OF THE FIRST HY-VEE
Population: 15 (0)

Shannon City, Iowa
Shannon City, Iowa (Partially in Union County)
Shannon City 2 ->
Population: 73 (-12)

I think it is pretty obvious that Shannon City has the worst town sign. Just a DOT sign. Obviously Delphos isn’t much better, but somehow their DOT sign manages to have more character. Redding isn’t great, but at least they had a post office to photograph.

But what gets Best in Show for Ringgold County? There really isn’t that sign that blows me away, but there are a couple that I really like. Maloy and Benton. I’m going to give it to Maloy by hair because it more colorful.


Maloy, Iowa
Maloy – Best in Show – Ringgold County

Only one town had an alternate town sign:


Diagonal, Iowa
Diagonal – Alternate

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:


Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

New Hartford, Iowa
Best in Show – Butler County

Manson, Iowa
Best in Show – Calhoun County

Coon Rapids, Iowa
Best in Show – Carroll County

Anita, Iowa
Best in Show – Cass County

Dougherty, Iowa
Best in Show – Cerro Gordo County

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Popejoy, Iowa
Best in Show – Franklin County

Tabor, Iowa
Best in Show – Fremont County

Scranton, Iowa
Best in Show – Greene County

Beaman, Iowa
Best in Show – Grundy County

Menlo, Iowa
Best in Show – Guthrie County

Stanhope, Iowa
Best in Show – Hamilton County

Britt, Iowa
Best in Show – Hancock County

Ackley, Iowa
Best in Show – Hardin County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Malcom, Iowa
Best in Show – Poweshiek County

Maloy, Iowa
Best in Show – Ringgold Count

Nemaha, Iowa
Best in Show – Sac County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Tama, Iowa
Best in Show – Tama County

Gravity, Iowa
Best in Show – Taylor County

Creston, Iowa
Best in Show – Union County

New Virginia, Iowa
Best in Show – Warren County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the open road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will hit it in Monona County.