Iowa is a state in the midwest. It is where I was born and raised. Since it is where I began my life and this is the beginning of a new year, I thought it a good way to start out the new year. Even though I have lived in Texas for the last 28 yrs. of my life, Iowa will always remain a integral part of my life and who I am. Enjoy!
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WILL ONLY BE OF INTEREST TO YOU IF YOU CAME FROM IOWA, KNEW SOMEONE FROM IOWA, LIVED IN IOWA FOR A SPELL, MARRIED SOMEONE FROM IOWA (IF SO, IT MAY BE BEST TO KEEP THESE FACTS TO YOURSELF UNTIL SUCH TIME AS YOUR SPOUSE BRINGS UP SOME OTHER OBSCURE FACT), HAD OTHER RELATIVES (NO MATTER HOW DISTANT) FROM IOWA, WENT TO SCHOOL IN IOWA, DROVE THROUGH IOWA; OR, SHOULD YOU BE ONE OF THOSE VERY RARE PEOPLE WHO HAS A DEEP SENSE OF PURSUIT OF IOWA FACTS – A RARE PERSON, INDEED.
IOWA TRIVIA—KNOWLEDGE WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not has dubbed Burlington’s Snake Alley the most crooked street in the world.
Strawberry Point is the home of the world’s largest strawberry.
The state’s smallest city park is situated in the middle of the road in Hiteman.
Scranton is home to Iowa’s oldest water tower still in service.
1897 40,000 gallons
Dubuque is the state’s oldest city.
Crystal Lake is home to a statue of the world’s largest bullhead fish.
Rathbun Dam and Reservoir is the largest body of water in the state.
Spirit Lake is the largest glacier-made lake in the state.
West Okoboji is the deepest natural lake in the state. Its depth is 136′.
Imes Bridge is the oldest of Madison County’s six bridges.
Iowa’s longest and highest bridge crosses Lake Red Rock.
Elk Horn is the largest Danish settlement in the United States
At 16 miles, East Okoboji is the longest natural lake in the state.
Kalona is the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi River.
The state’s lowest elevation point (at 480 feet) is in Lee County.
The Holliwell Bridge is the longest bridge in Madison County.
Francis Drake was 66 years old at his inauguration and Iowa’s oldest
Iowa’s oldest continually running theater is in Story City.
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses the largest collection of Grant
SPRING IN TOWN AMERICAN GOTHIC SPRING IN THE COUNTRY
1941 1930 1941
Fenelon Place Elevator in Dubuque is the world’s steepest and shortest
Wright County has the highest percentage of grade-A topsoil in the
Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the
The Saint Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville is the only basilica in the
United States situated outside a major metropolitan area.
Clarion is the only county seat in the exact center of the county.
Dubuque is home to the only county courthouse with a gold dome.
Cornell College is the only school in the nation to have its entire campus
listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Sergeant Floyd Monument in Sioux City honors the only man to die
during the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Iowa’s only fire tower is situated in Yellow River State Forest.
Maynard Reece, born in Arnolds Park, is the only artist to win the
Federal Duck Stamp competition five times.
A bronze life-sized sculpture of a Norwegian immigrant family (circa
1860) is located on a six acre restored prairie site located at the East
entry to Lake Mills on Highway 105.
Iowa’s only operating antique carousel is located in the city of Story
Knoxville’s National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum is the only
museum in the country dedicated to preserving the history of sprint car
100 foot at harper’s ferry
Sabula is Iowa’s only town on an island.
Herbert Hoover, a West Branch native, was the 31st president of the
United States and the first one born west of the Mississippi
Mamie Doud Eisenhower’s birthplace is located in Boone and includes a
restored frame house, complete with summer kitchen and original
furniture from the family.
Van Meter is the hometown of baseball’s Bob Feller, an Iowa farm boy
who went on to greatness with the Cleveland Indians during the Golden
Age of baseball.
Born Donnabelle Mullenger in Denison, Oscar Award-winning actress,
Donna Reed, started her career at the young age of 16.
Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, John Wayne was the son of a pharmacist and grew
up to become one of Hollywood’s most popular movie stars. The famous actor was born on May
Meredith Wilson, who played with the famous John Philip Sousa and the New York Philharmonic before launching his
career as a famous composer and lyricist, is a Mason City native, in addition he wrote THE MUSIC MAN.
Meredith Wilson Museum Mason City
Jay Berwanger, the first winner of the Heisman Trophy, was born in Dubuque in 1914..
1935 Univ. of Chicago (a Big Ten team at that time.)
Glenn Miller, noted trombonist and orchestra leader, was born in
Clarinda located in Southwest Iowa.
The town of Fort Atkinson was the site of the only fort ever built by the
U.S government to protect one Indian tribe from another..
Campers and motor homes are manufactured in Winnebago County
They’re called Winnebago’s.
Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are 100% formed by
water. Missouri (& Big Sioux) and Mississippi rivers.
The highest double track railroad bridge in the world, the Kate Shelley
Bridge, is located at Boone.
circa 1902 photo
Iowa is the only state name that starts with two vowels. Iowa State University is the oldest land
grant college in the U.S.A.
Decorah hosts Nordic Fest a three-day celebration of Decorah’s Scandinavian heritage.
The National Balloon Museum in Indianola chronicles more than 200 years of ballooning
Sheldon High School Summer Theatre, the only high school repertory in Iowa and one of just a
few in the nation presents a different play for each week in June and July.
Clarion, the county seat of Wright County,is the only town that can claim John Phillips as their
Wright county is the county with the most artesian wells.
Eagle Grove has an artesian well that has run non stop for over 100 years and is still flowing..
Folks from all over go there and fill jugs with its pure water.