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15 Iowa Facts

Updated on May 31, 2013
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My beloved State

I grew up in Iowa. So naturally I think that is was an awesome place to grow up. I am not sure many people would agree with me that Iowa is the best place for a kid to be raised. Many people disagree with me in my opinion of my homeland. Many claim it is a lame state or cannot believe that I love this place I call home. In fact most people do not even know Iowa is a state! When I tell someone where I am from Usually get one of two answers. The first is as follows, " Iowa, That is a good place. I bet you get tired of all those potatoes." or I get " GO BUCKEYES!". So I decided to write this hub full of tidbits of information so perhaps people may see that Iowa can be an awesome place to call home.

15 Awesome Facts About Iowa

  1. Ripley’s Believe It or Not has named Burlington’s Snake Alley the most crooked street in the world.
  2. ISU played a critical role in the development of the atomic bomb and the process to produce high amounts of pure uranium is known as the Ames process.
  3. Mamie Eisenhower was born in Boone, IA.
  4. The Eskimo Pie was invented in Iowa by Chris Nelson.
  5. John Wayne Was Born in Winterset, IA.
  6. Motor homes are made in Winnebago County. That’s they are called Winnebago’s.
  7. Iowa is the only state that has its west and east borders formed entirely by water.
  8. the Painting American Gothic by Grant Wood was inspired by a house in Eldon, IA. The house still stands today.
  9. Iowa is the only state to have a name that starts with two vowels.
  10. Iowa means “beautiful land” or “this is the place”.
  11. Other famous Iowans include Johnny Carson, Herbert Hoover, Glenn Martin Frederick Maytag, Glenn Miller, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, and Henry Wallace.
  12. Iowa is the third most productive agriculture state behind California and Texas. It produces 10% of the nations food supply and 90% of its corn.
  13. Red Delicious Apples were developed in Iowa.
  14. Iowa has the highest literacy rate in the nation 99% of Iowans can read.
  15. Sliced bread was invented in Iowa in 1929.

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I know...

I know what your thinking, Your thinking what every non Iowan is thinking when they see the light. You are thinking "WOW, this is amazing! Why have I never heard any of this cool stuff about this wonderful fantasy place? Ever?! I need to move there now and be inducted and submersed in the rich Iowa culture!! ... Ok, maybe that's not exactly what was on your mind. Ok, you were probably daydreaming about that last drink of chocolate milk left over beckoning you from the refrigerator. Either way the next time someone thinks they know more that you do, you can say that you know when and where sliced bread was invented.

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      Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

      I am glad I could be of service. I wish you the best of luck with your project. Let me know how it turns out.

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      anonymous student 4 years ago

      hi im doing my state project for 5th grade on iowa you taught me sooooo much about Iowa and for famous ppl you for got Anna Arnold Hedgeman! i chose iowa because i was like the only 1 in my class that felt bad that every body thought iowa was dumb im just like ur fuckin hella wrong pplz lol

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      I have been to the grotto it is such a neat place, well so is dairy queen. lol

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      My mother used to take our grandma and us kids to Waterlooo to visit our aunt and uncle and their family. On the way home she would always stop at a Dairy Queen to get ice cream. I recall when I was real young, going to West Bend to see the grotto. We use to live in a small town, and Waterloo was so much bigger.

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      Really?! I bet you drove right by how then in Nevada I lived right on the main drag Lincoln Way.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      I remember visiting the Effigy Mounds a couple of times. It was nice there. We use to go through Nevada on the way to Waterloo to visit my mother's sister and her family.

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      I completely agree! Iowa is a great place. I have only been to Mason City once or twice. I am from around Ames, Gilbert, and Nevada just north of Des Moines. No matter where you go in that state I think its just awesome especially the north east as they have the Effigy Mounds.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      Hi, I enjoyed reading your hub. I have lived in Iowa all of my life. There is a lot of great stuff about Iowa. I used to live in Elma, Iowa in Howard County, not far from Cresco, with my mother and family, until we all moved to Mason City, Ia. Mason City is home to, "The Music Man'" as a lot of people know. I've always enjoyed visiting north east Iowa by the Mississippi River-there's a lot of beautiful country there. Nice hub, and Iowa is a great state and a great place to grow.

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      Thanks for the shout out Sunshine. Deborah you get my frustration with the confusion of states. Glad someone can relate to me. haha.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I love Iowa! You taught me a few new facts about my home state. And you had me laughing at the references to potatoes and Buckeyes. I get both of those all the time! Great hub.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very interesting facts! A nice shout-out to Iowa! :)

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      Thank you. It is a very beautiful place. Have you been?

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I love your hub presenting some Iowa's facts. Beautiful place :)

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      How have you been? Yep, I think its one heck of a well kept secret. 90% , I couldn't believe it either, then I remembered all those cornfields. haha.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hell my friend, I have always thought Iowa was awesome....Charles City, Iowa, buddy, love it or leave it! :) 90% of the nation's corn? I knew they grew a lot of corn but man, that's a LOT OF CORN!