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Dickinson and Emmet Aux – Vol. 1

A few months back I made a trip up to and through Dickinson and Emmet County to harvest their town signs. I had already harvested a good chunk of Dickinson County earlier. I really need to do a better photo experience in the Okoboji area cause on this trip I didn’t explore much. I got to see a little bit more of the area when I went camping with Carla and Jason several weeks later. I’ll share those pictures at a later date.

Here is the first collection of auxiliary images from that trip. Some of these are taken in Clay County:


Clay County - Peterson
Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Dickinson County - Terril
Terril – Happy Timers? How do you not have a smiley face on your yellow building?!?!?

Dickinson County - Terril

Dickinson County - West Okoboji
West Okoboji

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park
Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Okoboji
Okoboji

Dickinson County - Okoboji

Dickinson County - Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake

Dickinson County - Orleans
Orleans

Dickinson County - Orleans

Dickinson County - Superior
Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Are you wondering about the “Ghost Train”? It is located between Spirit Lake and Superior and was once part of the Spirit of the Lakes dinner train. Those cars are trapped there as the tracks have been removed on both sides, so even if somebody wanted to move them, they are stuck.

This is from a WHO story in 2014:

The Iowa Northwestern Dinner Train started in 2003 on a track which had been abandoned by Union Pacific. The line served meals and gave rides out of the Spirit Lake area. It didn’t last long, operations stopped about nine years ago. Since that time, its passenger cars and kitchen dinning car have been parked on a rail siding near Superior, Iowa.

Vandals have broken windows and dismantled seats. Many things used in the operation of the Dinner Train were left behind, including an electric food warmer, coffee dispensers, plates and Christmas decorations.

Most of the article is about how awesome the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad Dinner Train is. I actually have never rode that train. I need to get on that.

There is one more collection of images from this trip to share.

Black Hawk County Aux – Vol.2

This is the second and final collection of images from my time spent in Black Hawk County. On this trip I spent no time in Waterloo and next to no time in Cedar Falls because of time constraints and I frankly don’t spend much time in larger towns on these trips. But mostly cause of time constraints. However, the major thing I missed, that I wanted to see, was there is a dairy near Hudson that has kangaroos. Kangaroos! Yeah, let is soak in. Kangaroos! I will get there some day.

Here is the second collection of auxiliary images:


Black Hawk County - La Porte City
La Porte City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City
Worst. Store. Ever. – Actually they had some really cool stuff. See the next picture.

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City
I love a fine sausage… but they weren’t open.

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County

Marshall County - Marshalltown
Marshalltown

Marshall County - Marshalltown

Marshall County - Marshalltown

Marshall County - Marshalltown

Marshall County - Marshalltown
I need to go back and see this with plants in it.

Marshall County - Marshalltown
Zeno’s – If you know, you know. If you don’t. Now you do.

Marshall County - Marshalltown
Van Gogh’s Marshalltown days are not talked about enough.

The next county that we will hit up for some auxiliary images is Dickinson and Emmet.

Black Hawk County Aux – Vol. 1

Several months back I cruised around Black Hawk County harvesting the balance of their town signs. It was somewhat of an abbreviated trip because I had to be in Marshalltown for supper with my friends from The Witch Hunt. Therefore there wasn’t a ton of auxiliary images from Black Hawk County. In fact, a good portion of the pictures from these posts are going to be from Buchanan County and Marshall County.

Here is the first collection of auxiliary images from the trip:


Black Hawk County - Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls – I did not.

Black Hawk County - Cedar Falls

Black Hawk County - Cedar Falls

Black Hawk County - Cedar Falls

Black Hawk County - Dunkerton
Dunkerton

Buchanan County - Fairbank
Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank
Their attempts to cover up some of the graffiti cracks me up.

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Littleton
Littleton – I feel like this used to be a town sign that these people appropriated.

Black Hawk County - Jesup
Jesup – How is all this incredible stuff still up for grabs!

Black Hawk County - Jesup

Black Hawk County - Jesup

Black Hawk County - Jesup

Black Hawk County - Jesup

Black Hawk County - Raymond
Raymond – Purple Hawks

Black Hawk County - Raymond

Black Hawk County - Gilbertsville
Gilbertsville

Black Hawk County - Gilbertsville

Black Hawk County - La Port City
La Port City

There is still another collection of images from this road trip to share.

Woodbury County Aux – Vol. 2

These pictures were taken on a trip I took with Jesse to Woodbury County to harvest the town signs of Woodbury County. However, all of these pictures were taken in Carroll County. Most of them in Roselle, Iowa in a church we stumbled upon. We were there on a Saturday night and the church was open for a Bible Study Group that meets there. Other than that service, there is no weekly mass at the church. They do the daily Catholic stuff there, but there isn’t many people left in the congregation. The church was recently restored though. It is absolutely beautiful. One of the most beautiful churches I have ever been in.


Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Roselle - Holy Angels Church

Carroll County - Glidden

Carroll County - Glidden

Carroll County - Glidden

The last three pictures are not of a Freedom Rock. There is only one Freedom Rock per county (except Polk County which has two) and the Carroll County Freedom Rock is in Manning. This rock is in Glidden. I think there are some alternate Freedom Rocks out there. But I haven’t looked into it.

The next time I share auxiliary images from THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, they will be from Black Hawk County.

Woodbury County Aux – Vol. 1

A few months back I cruised around with Jesse harvesting the town signs of Woodbury County. I actually took hardly any auxiliary pictures in Woodbury County because we were in a time crunch. We were meeting Bill in Harlan for lunch. So actually hardly any of the auxiliary images on this trip were taken in Woodbury County. Most of them were taken in Carroll County.

Here is the first collection of auxiliary images:



There is still one more collection of these images left to be shared.

Plymouth and Sioux County Aux – Vol. 4

Time for another collection of images from my road trip through Plymouth and Sioux County to harvest their town sign. Most of these auxiliary images were taken in Le Mars. Le Mars has an incredible collection of murals to go with being the Ice Cream Capital of the World.


Plymouth County - Brunsville

Plymouth County - Brunsville

Plymouth County - Stuble

Plymouth County - Stuble

Plymouth County - Brunsville

Plymouth County - Brunsville

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

Plymouth County - Le Mars

There is still one more collection of images from this road trip left to share.

Plymouth and Sioux County Aux – Vol. 1

Here is another reminder that Friday is the deadline to turn in your entries for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Here are the rules:


Pufferbilly Days Form - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Form - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Form - 2022

The foam board rule is important, as the heat in the display window is pretty intense. Pictures tend to melt in the heat if they don’t have a good backing.

Good luck!

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A few months back I cruised around Plymouth and Sioux County harvesting their town signs. I took a large collection of auxiliary images on this trip as I found many fascinating things. These pictures might not be in chronological order because I didn’t have the times of my two cameras synced yet. Poor planning on my part.


Plymouth County - Remsen

Plymouth County - Remsen

Woodbury County - Pierson

Woodbury County - Pierson

Plymouth County - Kingsley

Plymouth County - Alton

Plymouth County - Alton

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Remsen

Plymouth County - Remsen

Plymouth County - Remsen

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Remsen

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Remsen

Plymouth County - Remsen

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Orange City

Plymouth County - Orange City

Sioux County - Carnes

Sioux County - Carnes

Most of these pictures were taken in either Orange City or Remsen. I loved Orange City and it is on my list to visit next year during or near their tulip festival. There are a ton more pictures from this trip to share.

Clay and Lyon County Aux – Vol. 1

This collection of pictures are the auxiliary images taken when Teresa and I went on a road trip to harvest the town signs of Clay and Lyon County. The timing of some of these are off because it is the first trip I took two cameras on and I didn’t have their clocks synced. Also, a surprisingly large amount of these pictures were taken in other counties. Like Sac and Dickinson for example.

Here is the first collection of auxiliary images:


Sac County  - Auburn
Auburn

Sac County  - Auburn

Sac County  - Auburn

Sac County  - Auburn

Clay County - Spencer
Spencer

Clay County - Spencer

Clay County - Spencer
This is one of only 3 restaurants of its type in Iowa. I’ve seen all 3 and eaten at none of them.

Clay County - Spencer

Clay County - Spencer

Clay County - Spencer
I want to make a trip to the Clay County Fair this year. It is in September. Hopefully it works out.

Clay County -  Spencer

Clay County - Fostoria
Fostoria

Clay County - Fostoria

Clay County - Fostoria
At first I thought Wonder Whip must be a company that makes ice cream or frozen treats, but reading the sign closer, they make actual whips. Like what Indiana Jones uses. Probably other people too.

Dickinson County - Wahpeton
Wahpeton

Osceola County - Hawkeye Point
Hawkeye Point

Osceola County - Hawkeye Point

Osceola County - Hawkeye Point

Osceola County - Hawkeye Point

Dickinson County - Lake Park
Lake Park

Dickinson County - Lake Park
Dickinson County really has a thing going with Bigfoot.

Dickinson County - Lake Park
I have questions…

Dickinson County - Lake Park

Dickinson County - Lake Park

Dickinson County - Lake Park

Dickinson County - Lake Park

There is still one more collection of pictures from this trip coming.

Osceola County Aux – Vol. 1

I have big news! Big, big news! I would say news of a comeback, but don’t call it a comeback. I been here for years. Rockin’ my peers. Puttin’ suckers in fear. Makin’ the tears rain down like a monsoon. Listen to the bass go boom.

What I’m trying to say is for the first time since 2019, Baby Got Rack is dusting off their fedoras. Putting on their Hawaiian shirts and competing in the rough world of competitive barbecue! How do you like me now!


Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

We will competing at the Boone County Fair this Saturday! So you should probably figure out a way to get there. And try some award winning barbecue, cause I can’t promise it won’t be another 3 years before Baby Got Rack is in full effect again.

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A few months back I went up to Osceola County to harvest their town signs. It was a trip that ended with me calling it a day prematurely because I ran into some sever weather. I originally intended to also harvest the town signs of Lyon County, but weather.

Here is the first collection of auxiliary images from the trip. Many of these taken in Clay County.


Clay County - Greenville
Greenville

Clay County- Royal
Royal

Clay County- Royal

Clay County - Everly
Everly

Osceola County - May City
May City

Osceola County - May City

Osceola County - May City

Osceola County

Osceola County - Harris
Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound
Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County

Osceola County

Osceola County

Osceola County

Osceola County

One thing I’ve discovered one these trips is that if you want to leave a legacy behind after you die, create bizarre art in a small town.

Ocheyedan Mound was long thought to be the highest point in Iowa, but then Hawkeye Point was discovered a few miles away. That being said, Ocheyedan Mound is more impressive looking. But Hawkeye Point is more touristy.

There are still several images left to share from this trip.

Cherokee and O’Brien County Aux – Vol. 3

Back in February I cruised around Cherokee and O’Brien County harvesting their town signs. Here is the final collection of auxiliary images from that trip.


Cherokee County
Granville

Cherokee County
Paullina

Cherokee County

Cherokee County

Cherokee County

Cherokee County

Cherokee County

Cherokee County
Calumet

O'Brien County - Sutherland
Sutherland

O'Brien County - Sutherland

O'Brien County - Sutherland

O'Brien County - Sutherland

O'Brien County - Sutherland

O'Brien County - Primghar
Primghar – Look closely and you will see how Primghar got its name.

O'Brien County - Sheldon
Sheldon

O'Brien County - Sheldon

O'Brien County - Sheldon

O'Brien County - Sanborn
Sanborn

O'Brien County - Sanborn

O'Brien County - Sanborn

O'Brien County - Sanborn

O'Brien County - Sanborn

O'Brien County - Sanborn

O'Brien County - Hartley
Hartley

O'Brien County - Hartley

The next time we look at some aux, it will be from Osceola County. Some from Lyon County too. It was a trip I stopped short on because I ran into a hail storm.