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County Collecting 2022 – the Year in Review

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As 2022 comes to a close, it’s time once again to look back at my county collecting travels over the past 12 months. Despite travel being pretty much back to normal, I only managed 7 county trips this year. That’s one more than in 2021, but the reason there weren’t more is that I had two extended trips in 2022, one to Hawaii, the other to Greece. Both lasted roughly 2 weeks and significantly impacted the amount of time (and money) I was able to devote to visiting interesting and mundane towns across rural America. Though from a county collecting perspective, the year looked less busy, I managed to get away from home at least once every month in 2022 including a summer weekend in NYC and a fall trip to Palm Springs.

Here are links to the individual county collecting trip this year in case anyone missed reading one or two.

Peaches and Peanuts
Bienvenue à Paris… Y’all
Know what Northwest Arkansas is famous for?
Driving in the Northern Plains States
Sometimes a place name says it all
Route 66 in Kansas (all 13 miles of it)

During the course of the year, I added 108 new county seats to my collection. The current total now sits at 2836, representing about 90% of the 3149 county seats in the country. As I’m getting nearer to completing my goal of visiting them all, I’m shifting to counting how many county seats are left to visit. If my math is correct, there are just 313 more to go. While there are still some big gaps, the map is beginning to fill in nicely. Check out the progress for the year. For explanations on the colors check out County Collecting 2021 – the Year in Review
I completed three states (Georgia, Oklahoma, and Arkansas) bringing that total up to 29. Several more are within reach for next year, though I have not yet decided which ones I’ll visit. At the moment, I’m considering trips to Texas, Idaho, and Alaska in 2023. I should probably look at the central plains as well since there are numerous counties from North Dakota to Kansas to visit. I just barely reached my goal of 100 counties in 2022, and If I can hit that number again in 2023, I’ll be content. I’m off to the Caribbean in January, so the next county collecting trip won’t happen before February. Whenever (and wherever) it is, I’ll share details here after returning home.

Until then…

Happy Travels

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Way to go Brian! This quest of yours impresses me every time I see an update! Keep rollin' in 2023 and let me know if you want company on your Texas travels.... it would be fun to see some more of my adopted home state! Happy New Year!

by Roger Nicholson

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