One thing that I’ve really liked as I’ve been exploring Iowa is the fact that most of the State’s cities and towns have some thing, place or fact by which they define themselves, and they’re generally pretty good about letting you know what it is. Welcome signs, historical markers, street names, and other approaches make it easy to just roll into a town and figure out what you need to look at while you’re there.
I did a day trip down to the Southwest corner of the State yesterday, taking my counties visited tally to 89 (out of 99), and saw several houses of historical note, most the birthplaces of legendary entertainers, but one the site of perhaps the most infamous cold case in Midwestern history. I visited the smallest incorporated community in Iowa yesterday, and even there, I learned something impressive from the signs and markers erected by its citizens. I also saw an absolutely incredible WPA/CCC mural in a post office, praising Iowa’s most famous export. Here are some highlight shots: