Interesting Facts About Iowa

The State of Iowa is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States of America. It is the 29th state of the United States, having joined the Union on December 28, 1846. The state is named for the Ioway people, a Siouan tribe of Native Americans that formerly lived there. It is officially known as the “Hawkeye State” and unofficially known as the “Tall Corn State”.

  • The highest double track railroad bridge in the world, the Kate Shelley Bridge, is located at Boone.
  • At 16 miles, East Okoboji is the longest natural lake in the state.
  • Kalona is the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi River.
  • Francis Drake was 66 years old at his inauguration and Iowa’s oldest governor.
  • Clarion is the only county seat in the exact center of the county.
  • Herbert Hoover, a West Branch native, was the 31st president of the United States and the first one born west of the Mississippi.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Ceda r Rapids Museum of Art houses the largest collection of Grant Wood artwork.
  • Fenlon Place Elevator in Dubuque is the world’s steepest and shortest railway.
  • 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 and Mississippi rivers.
  • Spirit Lake is the largest glacier-made lake in the state.
  • Iowa’s oldest continually running theater is in Story City.
  • Iowa’s longest and highest bridge crosses Lake Red Rock.
  • The famous actor John Wayne was born in Winterset on May 26, 1907.
  • Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the world.
  • Elk Horn in the largest Danish settlement in the United States.
  • Maynard Reece, born in Arnolds Park, is the only artist to win the Federal Duck Stamp competition five times.
  • 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.
  • Iowa’s only fire tower is situated in Yellow River State Forest.
  • Sabula is Iowa’s only tow n on an island.
  • 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.