(January 8, 1931-July 1, 2003)

Old WEST End: T intersection, Front St., Garwin, Tama County

Although the 1931 and 2003 ends are identical, for a time prior to 1981 the route ended after going through downtown Garwin.

WEST End: 4-way stop, 3rd St., Garwin, Tama County

Facing west on 229

Highway 229 was Tama County's only remaining spur after 318 (Clutier) and 171 (Elberon) fell victim to the First Great Decommissioning.

Facing east on Center Street

The pickup truck has just started on 229. This part of the street, for another two blocks behind this picture, isn't actually part of a county road; see below.

Nearby signage

Facing northwest, 0.15 mile west of 229's end

County Road T47 comes from the south, turns east just before entering the city limits, and then turns back northwest along a road that must have run beside the railroad tracks. Since E27 doesn't go east of this intersection, though, E27's actually redundantly multiplexed for a mile and a half to the west. Now that 229 has been replaced by E29, this redundant multiplex could theoretically be removed and the county road layout would still make sense.

Facing east on 229

Like many state highways not ending in a town, a mileage sign with a highway shield is on the edge of town.

EAST End: Stop sign, US 63 and E29, Tama County

Facing east on 229

LGS in above picture / Junction sign before end sign

Facing north on 63 / LGS at bottom of left picture

Facing north on 63

Facing west on E29

LGS in above picture / Final sign on E29

All of these signs on E29 were erected July 2001, if I remember correctly. Tama County varies in using capital letters and lowercase letters in their LGSs; in fact, I believe it uses more of the latter. The double arrow under the 63 is shorter than standard.

Facing south on 63, post-decommissioning

This LGS points to three different school districts - Toledo (South Tama), Clutier (North Tama), and Garwin (Green Mountain-Garwin).

Rural sign at intersection

This is the original sign placed when Tama County adopted an E911 system in the early 1990s. In 2003 and 2004 all the signs in the county were replaced with larger signs identical to ones used in many other counties. The one bad thing is that they all now have a hyphen in the county road name (e.g. "E-29"). The new rural signs make no mention of 229.

One of these things is not like the others...

...one of these things just doesn't belong. From left, these shields are in South Dakota, Iowa, and Missouri. North Dakota has no 3dis related to I-29 and didn't go that far up in state highways. There is a stark contrast, to say the least, between Iowa's 229 and the others.

Last seen: 2003

All pictures by me: First-thirteenth and IA 229 shield, 3/23/02; fourteenth and fifteenth, 7/9/05; sixteenth, 6/29/03; SD 229 shield, 6/26/06; MO 229 shield, 8/9/06

Page created 5/9/02; last updated 3/14/10

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