Iowa, What is that?

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!

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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.

1000 acres

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

governor.

Iowa’s oldest continually running theater is in Story City.

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses the largest collection of Grant

 Wood artwork.

 

SPRING IN TOWN AMERICAN GOTHIC SPRING IN THE COUNTRY

1941 1930 1941

Fenelon Place Elevator in Dubuque is the world’s steepest and shortest

railway.

 

Wright County has the highest percentage of grade-A topsoil in the

nation.

Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the

world.

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

City.

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

racing.

 

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

26, 1907.

 

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

history.

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

local hero.

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.

Iowa means:

“Beautiful Land.”

 

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9 responses to “Iowa, What is that?

  1. Megan

    Just a few other fast facts regarding the great state of Iowa:

    Dyersville Iowa is home to the Field of Dreams Movie Site where the Oscar nominated film was made and released in 1989 staring such actors as Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones. Dyersville is also known as the Farm Toy Capitol of the World where famous Farm Toy manufactueres such as the Ertl Company orginated and hosts two National Farm Toy Shows annually in Dyersville.

    On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, United States, killed three American rock and roll musicians: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson. The day was later called The Day the Music Died by Don McLean, in his song “American Pie.

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  2. Oh no, we start going down this path we might end up with hundreds of comments.LOL! Everyone will have to add their own Iowa Trivia.

    @Megan, I am certain there are plenty more Iowa facts that both of us missed. This post was more about general feel rather than encompassing. It was also just one email.:)

    However, any one has any more Iowa facts you are more than welcome to share them here..

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  3. Hi there, nice post about Iowa. I’m from Indonesia, and I am going to pursue my studies t Iowa State University – Ames, next year. Actually, I spent my childhood at Ames before..
    Well, my opinion about Iowa is : It’s peaceful – no other states at US have such ‘specific’ characteristic -. But here, at Indonesia, the Iowa is neither popular like Washington nor NY.

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  4. Yep, Iows is a place where once ya been there you get it. Glad you liked the post.:)

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  5. IowaWhiteTails

    Centerville Iowa is the next big thing. Iowa is the place to be. You will enjoy the scenery of the Lake Rathbun and the adventure of hunting whitetails and pheasant. I love Iowa.

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  6. Rob

    Great. Now the area realtors are spamming blogs with their “BUY LAND AND GET BIG DEERS” garbage.

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  7. Really? I ain’t noticed that. In fact, I get almost no spam at all anymore. Not that it was ever a large issue with Akismet(The best thing since sliced bread) but now I might get one spam reply a month. (Vigorously knocking on wood.)

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  8. Chad Austin

    Red Rock (15,000 sq. acres) is bigger than Rathbun (11,000 sq. acres).

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  9. Chad, I am not some expert on land/lake measurements and/or Iowa history nor have I claimed to be either. Everything in this post was taken directly from an email I received. Is it possible some of it might not be 100%? Sure that’s possible.
    However, after reading your reply I did a little research myself and found Rathbun can have a maximum surface area of 21,000 acres. The dam and reservoir are used for flood control and thus the size of it can and does vary. Seems the answer is not quite as cut and dried as you seem to think it is. Sorry but life is often like that. Thx for stopping by an offering your input though.

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