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JCS319
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 5:08:25 PM

There are currently 3142 county and county equivalents (parishes in Louisiana, boroughs in Alaska and independent cities in Virginia). One item on my personal bucket list is to visit every single county. I have currently been to 2444 counties - about 78%.

This thread is to inform gas buddies about the US counties and provide a forum for others to comment on or to post about these counties.
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Howard County is a county located in the US state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,566. The county seat is Cresco. The county was founded in 1851 and named after General Tilghman Ashurst Howard, a Representative of Indiana.
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Henry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,145. The county seat is Mount Pleasant. The county was named for General Henry Dodge, governor of Wisconsin Territory.
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Hardin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,534. The county seat is Eldora. The county was named in honor of Col. John J. Hardin, of Illinois, who was killed in the Mexican–American War.
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ə we move to the far west.
harrison county, on the missouri river, has seat logan. carroll co is to its northeast. the eponym is our ninth president, william henry harrison, who died very shortly after inauguration, and population is 14928.
a very scenic part of the state, the loess hills, go through this and several other counties on the western border.
its area 700.93 mi²/1815 km² with 4.20/11 water, most of which is the part that extends into the missouri river.
harrison is the 43rd county, alphabetically, so we are getting close to the halfway point. ə
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ə more on hancock co:
john hancock was of course also noted for his signature on the declaration of independence, in a large enough script that the king would not need to put on his spectacles to read it, or so the story goes.
i first drove in it in nov 2004. its area is 573.14 mi²/1484 km², of which 2.03/5 is water.
cerro gordo lies due east thereof, and franklin southeast.
we move south a little for the next one.
hardin co is in north-central (the north part is arbitrary) iowa. named for john hardin, a soldier of note in the black hawk war, its seat is eldora, and pop. 17534. the area is 569.93/1476, of which 0.68/2 is water. it is surrounded by several we have seen before: franklin to the north, butler northeast, grundy east, and hamilton west.
i first drove in it (not certain) in mar 1985. ə
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Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,341. The county seat is Garner. The county was founded on January 15, 1851 and named in honor of John Hancock, a leader of the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.
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Hamilton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,673. The county seat is Webster City. The county was named in honor of William W. Hamilton, who served as President of the Iowa State Senate.
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ə guthrie co is surrounded almost entirely by counties we have discussed! greene is north of it, boone northeast, dallas east, adair south, cass southwest, audubon west, and carroll northwest. only the one southeast of it has not been listed yet. its area is 593 mi²/1536 km² with 2.5/6 thereof water. (interesting that they round off the miles as well as the km for this one!)
my first visit there was in 1986, unknown month.
and we end the counties that begin with gee.
hamilton county is in north-central iowa, named for william hamilton, former president of the iowa senate, contains 15673 people and has seat webster city. it touches franklin to the northeast and boone to the southwest.
the area is 577.44/1496 with 0.76/2 water.
this was another i first drove in in mar 1985. ə
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Guthrie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,954. The county seat is Guthrie Center. The county was formed on January 15, 1851 and named after Captain Edwin B. Guthrie, who had died in the Mexican–American War.
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ə a bit more about greene co:
nathaniel greene was a revolutionary war hero.
it is in central ia. boone county lies east thereof, dallas southeast, audubon southwest, carroll west, and calhoun north-northwest. the area is 571.13 mi²/1479 km², with 2.72/7 water. my first trip there was mar. 1985.
on to grundy co!
this county is in northeast iowa. the seat is grundy center, pop. 12453, and the eponym felix grundy, a u. s. senator from tn. butler co is to its north, bremer northeast, black hawk east, and franklin northwest. area is 502.55/1302 with .03/<1 water. my first visit to it was in 1986, unknown month. ə
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Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,336. The county seat is Jefferson. The county is named in honor of General Nathanael Greene.
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Fremont County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,441. The county seat is Sidney. The county was formed in 1847 and named for the military officer John C. Fremont.
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ə fremont county is in the southwesternmost corner of iowa. its seat is sidney, 2010 population is 7441, and it is named for john fremont, an officer in the mexican-american war. the area is 516.76 mi²/1338 km², with 5.68/15 water, most of which is the part of the missouri river it extends into to reach the state to the west.
my first trip into it was jul 1995.
that ends the counties beginning with ef. ə
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ə floyd co, named for charles floyd, a member of the lewis and clark expedition who died in the iowa territory (though it had not been named that yet), lies in north-central iowa between cerro gordo and chickasaw counties, forming an e-w line in the second northernmost tier. (as we progress, i will post the position of each new county relative to any previously discussed.) the area is 501.31 mi²/1298 km² of which 0.74/2 is water. i first drove there in mar 2005.
we then come to:
franklin county, in north-central iowa, lying south of cerro gordo, southwest of floyd, and west of butler co, named, obviously, for old ben himself, has seat hampton (note that its seat name is close to that of chicksaw co, new hampton, which is kind of odd since the latter county was created earlier), contains 10680 people, and has area 563.01/1510 with 0.57/1 thereof water. it was formed from chickasaw co in 1851, as was floyd. (some of the original counties must have been huge!) see chronology of iowa counties for the story of how the iowa territory was formed and became the present state. i will search for a map of the original counties of the territory which later became those of iowa. ə

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Floyd County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,303. The county seat is Charles City.
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ə dickinson co has area 403.69 mi²/1046 km², of which 22.63/59 is water, most of that in the iowa great lakes, lake okoboji being the main one. it thus has the least land area of all 99 counties in the state. clay co lies just to the south thereof.
my first time driving in it was jul 2005.
dubuque co has area 616.56/1597, with 8.41/22 thereof water. i first drove there dec 2001. it lies east of delaware and south of clayton.
emmet co is east of dickinson, and clay is on its southwest corner, and is named for robert emmet, an irish revolutionary. area is 402.38/1042, with 6.63/17 water. i first drove in it in jul 2005.
next is:
fayette co, in northeastern iowa, with allamakee to the northeast, clayton east, delaware southeast, buchanan south, black hawk southwest, bremer west-southwest, and chickasaw west-northwest, has pop. 20880 and seat west union. it was named for marquis de lafayette, a frenchman who aided the colonial forces in the revolutionary war, and created in 1837. area is 731.45/1894 with 0.52/1 water.
my initial driving there was in mar 2005. ə

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Emmet County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,302.[1] The county seat is Estherville.[2]
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Dubuque County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 93,653. The county seat is Dubuque. The county is named for Julien Dubuque, the first European settler of Iowa.
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Dickinson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,667. The county seat is Spirit Lake. The county was organized in 1857 and is named in honor of Daniel S. Dickinson, a U.S. Senator for New York.
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ə next on our list is des moines county, located on the mississippi river, in the southeast part of iowa. in 2010, 40325 people lived there, most of them in the seat, burlington. it was named not for the state capital city, but for the des moines river which flowed through it before it was reorganized and divided into several other counties. (the city of d. m. is nowhere near d. m. co!) the area is 429.8 mi²/1113 km², with 13.65/35 of that being water (like the other counties bordering one of the great rivers, this includes that part of the big river on our side of the state line).
my first time driving there was feb 2001. ə

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ə decatur co lies in the southermost tier of counties, just south of clarke. its area is 533.32 mi²/1381 km², and contains 1.52/4 of water, most of which is in nine eagles lake (a park my dad would take friends and me camping) near pleasanton. i first drove in it in april 1990.
delaware co lies in ne ia, with buchanan to its west. its seat is manchester, and pop. 17764. named for the state, a senator from which, john clayton, advocated statehood for iowa, its area is 575.05/1500 (1.19/3 water). i first drove in it in nov 2004. ə
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Delaware County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,764. The county seat is Manchester. The county was named in honor of Delaware.
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Decatur County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,457. The county seat is Leon. This county is named for Stephen Decatur, Jr., a hero in the War of 1812.
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ə a renowned naturist area, the raccoon river retreat, closed recently due to the death of its owner, lay in dallas co near van meter. most of the western suburbs of dea moines extend into dallas co. the county area is 591.73 mi²/1533 km² (5.26/14 water). i first drove there in july 1981.
the next stop in our alphabetical county conquest is:
davis county, in southeastern iowa, has a population of 8753, and its seat is bloomfield. named for garrett davis, a representative and later senator from kentucky, its area is 504.89/1308 (1.65/4 water).
i first drove in it oct 1997. ə
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Dallas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 66,135. Its county seat is Adel. The county was named for George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States of America under James K. Polk.
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oops - just noticing that you already did Crawford County NakedDriver.

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Crawford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,096. Its county seat is Denison. The county was named for William Harris Crawford, U.S. senator from Georgia and United States Secretary of the Treasury.
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ə the previous post contains a typo; it should have said that i completed clay co on nov 03 2005 rather than 05.
the areas of clarke, clay, and clayton counties are: 431.72 mi²/1118 km² (0.6/2 water), 572.51/1483 (3.63/9), and 792.81/2053 (14/36) resp.
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crawford county lies in western iowa. its 2010 pop. is 17096, the seat is denison, and was named for sen. william harris crawford from georgia, who also was a secretary of the treasury.
its total area is 714.99 mi²/1852 km² of which 0.63/2 is water.
i first drove there in oct 2004. ə
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ə i acquired clay county the day i completed iowa, nov 05, 2005; and clayton, mar 08, 2005.
clinton county lies on the eastern border of iowa, and is where the state bulges farthest east. named for dewitt clinton, governor of new york, its seat, on the mississippi, bears the same name (and contains more than half its inhabitants), and not far away is de witt.
the population as of 2010 is 49116, and area 710.19 mi²/1839 km² of which 15.21/39 is water. most of the latter is the part of the county that extends into that river, before reaching the border of the state to the east.
one of the longest highways in the country, and longest in iowa (us-30), passes through clinton county before crossing the big water.
i first drove in clinton co in oct 2003. ə

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Clayton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,129. Its county seat is Elkader. The county was established in 1837 and was named in honor of John M. Clayton, United States Senator from Delaware and later Secretary of State under President Zachary Taylor.
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Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,667. Its county seat is Spencer. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay, Jr., a colonel who died in action in the Mexican-American War, and son of Henry Clay, famous American statesman.

Clay County holds the annual Clay County Fair. The very first newspaper in Clay County was the Peterson Patriot which started circulation in 1880.
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I too have been to both Sedgwick counties.

Clarke County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,286. The county seat is Osceola. The county was formed on January 13, 1846. It was named for James Clarke, a Governor of the Iowa Territory.
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ə i have driven in both sedgwick counties: in co in oct 2004 (on i-76; i will return there some day to get the rest of u-138); and in ks in july 2005 for a chess event, again in 2006, and passed through in jan 2007. (i have driven in all the counties of ks, the last being meade in jan 2009. i need thirteen in co.)
continuing with our list:
chickasaw county lies in northeast iowa, bordered on the south by bremer and touching butler at its southwest corner, and is named for another native tribe.
its 2010 pop. is 12439, and seat is new hampton. total area is 505.48 mi²/1309 km² with 0.84/2 of that water.
i should point out also that the northernmost two tiers of counties are slightly smaller in area than those in the rest of the state. the one bordering the state to the north contains many of the smallest counties (but also the largest, which is a double county). chicasaw (second tier) is no exception to that.
one other detail in which iowa is different from most states (until the 1980s) is the way we designated counties on license plates. here is a picture of some of them. the number going down the left designates the county, in alphabetical order. before there were so many vehicles, they did it with a hyphen instead of going down the left. the one exception was 00, indicating nonresident registration.
in 1979, we started printing the county name at the bottom of the plate.
i had one of these sesquicentennial plates when they were available. ə
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Have you been to Sedgwick County, KS? I was under the impression myself that it was the only county in USA named after John Sedgwick, who was a Major General in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Sadly, I'm mistaken - according to the Wikipedia, there is also a Sedgwick County in Colorado. However, Sedgwick County, KS was founded February 26, 1867 and the one in Colorado was founded April 9, 1889, some 22 years later. Lots of things to do here in Wichita, the county seat of Sedgwick County.
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ə i first drove in cedar co in june 1983, and in c. g. (“fat hill” or “big hill”) in march 1985. the total area of the former is 581.96 mi²/1507 km² of which 2.44/6 is water. the latter has total area 575.12/1490 with 6.8/18 being water, most of which is clear lake, where the city of the same name sits.
cerro gordo co is another that we mispronounce because we cannot do the spanish rolled ar. it is also one of only two counties in the state which contains a green-shielded (“business”) segment of interstate 35.
moving on…
cherokee county lies in northwest iowa, and its name is of course from the cherokee nation. its 2010 population is 12072, and the seat has the same name. the total area is 577.34/1495, of which 0.18/0 (less than half a km²; for some reason, this site does not compute areas in increments less than a whole km²).
if you look at a map of iowa counties, you will notice that almost all of them appear to have nearly the same size, and therefore close to equal areas. if you divide the total area of the state, 56272 mi²/144744 km², by 99, you get 567.7/1462.2, and many of our counties are fairly close to that.
i first drove in cherokee co in july 2005. ə
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Cerro Gordo County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 44,151. Its county seat is Mason City. The county is named for the Battle of Cerro Gordo, which took place during the Mexican-American War.

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Cedar County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,499. Its county seat is Tipton. The county is named for the Cedar River, which runs through the county.

Cedar County is located between the Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities and Iowa City metropolitan areas, areas also known as the "Tri-Metro" county. It is the only Iowa county which shares the name of a tree.

Cedar County was the focus of the Iowa Cow War of 1931.
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ə i failed to include my first acquisitions!
butler county was first driven in by me in may 2000, calhoun in march 1985, and carroll in oct. 2004.
cass county lies in western iowa. its seat is atlantic, and 2010 pop. 13956. it was named for lewis cass, a michigan senator whose 1848 bid for the presidency failed.
total area is 565.01 mi²/1463 km² of which 0.68/2 is water.
first driven in: june 1990.
the map of my county acquisitions in iowa by date or trip is here. ə

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Benton County is in SE Washington state. It is where the Snake River meets the Columbia River. The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is in Benton County. Athletes from Benton County are Jeremy Bonderman (Detroit Tigers), Hope Solo, Travis Buck (Oakland A's), Jason Repko (LA Dodgers).
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Carroll County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,816. Its county seat is Carroll. The county is named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
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ə calhoun county lies in northwest iowa. its seat, rockwell city, is known as “the golden buckle of the corn belt” and is also where my mother was born and raised.
it is named for john calhoun, former vice president of the u. s. who was noted for promoting the causes of the south.
the 2010 population is 9670. total area is 572.29 mi²/1482 km², with 2.14/6 being water.
an interesting historical tidbit: the town of pomeroy was almost destroyed by a tornado in 1893, in which 71 people lost their lives. my maternal grandmother recalled seeing the funnel cloud from a distance, and she later travelled there and observed the aftermath, such as straw sticking out of trees and chickens with no feathers.
in 1993, almost exactly a century later, another twister hit the town, but was not nearly as destructive and caused neither death nor injury. ə
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Butler County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,867. Its county seat is Allison. The county was organized in 1854 and named for General William O. Butler.
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ə i acquired buchanan co in 1997. i always was curious as to why they named it that because he was president after iowa became a state!
continuing with the counties in my state:
buena vista is in northwestern iowa. the seat is storm lake, home of a university by the same name as the county, and 2010 pop. is 20360.
the total area is 580.07 mi²/1502 km², with 5.28/14 of that as water. most of that, of course, is the lake bearing the same name as the seat. the seat is often a good place to buy gasoline, as it will be priced somewhat below most other places in the state.
it was named for the battle of buena vista in the mexican-american war, in which general (later president) taylor defeated the mexicans. it translates as “good view” though i would say a better way would be “good overlook”.
it is interesting in another aspect: it is a place that is mispronounced by iowans.
everyone else would pronounce it properly as “bway’-nah vees’-tah”, or maybe substituting schwas (ə) in the second syllable of each word. not iowa, though! we say it as “byoo’-nə vis’-tə”!
you will find a few more of these mispronunciations in the state, and i will try to notate them.
i first drove in this county in 2004. ə

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Thanks ecsojay.

Buchanan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,958. Its county seat is Independence. The county was created in 1837 and was named in honor of Senator James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States.
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good luck on your quest
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 12:51:47 AM

ə i first drove in boone co in 1982.
bremer county lies in northeastern iowa, with black hawk on its southern border.
its 2010 population is 24276, and the seat is waverly.
its area is 439.60 mi²/1139 km² of which 1.7/4 is water.
i first drove in it in 2004. ə
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Wasn't the first time - probably won't be the last. :)

Boone County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,306. Its county seat is Boone.

Stopped there last summer to take some pictures of trains crossing the Kate Shelley Bridge.
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ə sorry to hear that. i’ve heard they can be real sticklers there.
black hawk county is located in northeast iowa, named after chief black hawk, leader of the fox and sac tribes and also the black hawk war. its 2010 population is 131090. total area is 571.91 mi²/1481 km² of which 4.8/12 is water.
the seat is waterloo, and adjacent to that is its sister city of cedar falls, home of the university of northern iowa.
my first driving there was in 1986. ə
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Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,076. Its county seat is Vinton. The county is named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri.
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I am on a mission to visit all 3142 US counties and county equivalents. I just finished wrapping up Iowa this summer. I enjoyed my trip but received a speeding ticket in...

Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,076. Its county seat is Vinton. The county is named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 1:08:50 PM

ə thank you for the information about centerville and appanoose co! one of my favorite trivial tidbits concerns it: cincinnati, a wide spot along ia-5 near the mo border, is there. so, the shortest distance from des moines to cincinnati is about a hundred miles. ☺l
audubon county, in west-central iowa, named for the famous ornithologist, has seat of the same name. total area is 443.58 mi² (1149 km²), of which 443.13/1148 is land and .44/1 is water. its population is 6119.
i first drove in it in october 2004.
the first time i drove in adair co was sometime in 1981; adams, june 2006; and appanoose, may 1992.
if you ever walk along locust from the capitol to the river, cross the street, and return to the end of locust, you will see all the counties listed in marble inlays on the sidewalk, and just on the other side of e seventh, you can see a marble map of the state. i have run along the sidewalk through all the county slabs, and across the iowa map, plus biking across the latter, which i termed “bragbraim”—barefoot rider’s awesomely grand bike ride across iowa map. ☻ (yes, i intend to do the real event this year.)
i will try to post as many of the iowa counties as i can, but will alternate with the others. ə

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