Pocahontas County is one the lesser populated of the 99 counties in the State of Iowa. The estimated population in 2004 was 8,112, which was a decrease of -6.35% from the 2000 census.
This is farm country - the heart of America's Breadbasket, where the corn grows so tall that in late summer if forms great walls of tassel-topped greenery along every county road. All of those roads lead to the Pocahontas County Courthouse, the seat of local government.
In the county's 578 square miles there are several other small farm communities in addition to the county seat of Pocahontas. These are: Fonda, Gilmore City, Havelock, Laurens, Palmer, Plover, Rolfe, and Varina. Lots of good hard-working, God-fearing local folks call these communities "Home" and wouldn't think of living anywhere else.
As you travel along Hwy. 3 on the east end of Pocahontas, be sure to stop and pay your respects to the Powhatan Indian Princess who is the namesake of the city.
The large Pocahontas Statue is just standing there all alone on the side of the road with no interpretative sign or historical marker to tell her story. However, a small plaque near the the tail of her front skirt says that the statue was the 1954 project of Albert J. Shaw and Frank W. Shaw.
I learned that the Shaw family of Pocahontas still maintains the statue, a proud symbol of the town and the county that bears her name. She is said to be the "World's Largest Indian Maiden," standing 25 feet tall and 7 1/2 feet across at the shoulders.