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Why Iowa is Great

Updated on September 30, 2012

Why I Love Iowa

When most people think of my beloved home state of Iowa they say one of two things; "Ah, the potato state." or they say "Go Buckeyes!" Neither of those things have anything to do with Iowa. We are not Idaho and we are not Ohio. When I inform people of this they look at me. I can tell from the blank stare that they are drawing a mental map in their heads. I can tell that in the middle of their map there is a black hole somewhere in the good ol' U.S.A which, must be Iowa. I give them a minute, and then if they still are flat lining I tell them that we are the head of the baker which, is the first reason why Iowa is awesome and I explain it like this...If you look at a political map of the U.S. and browse along the top until you get to Minnesota and put your finger on that state and take it all the way down to Louisiana, you will have pointed out the baker of america and you see him standing profile facing east. See Minnesota is the hat, Iowa is the Head, Missouri the body, Arkansas the legs, and louisiana the feet. Some even go as far as saying that Kentucky is a dish that he is holding. So next time you look at a map check it out.

After I tell people that we are the head of the baker, they are still not impressed. So I tell them that Iowa is the birth place of Mamie Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, and Glenn Martin. They respond by telling me that Mamie wash't hot, Hoover sucked as the president and Glenn Martin was a crappy pilot. Then I whip out the big guns I tell the that John "The Duke" Wayne was from Iowa, they look at me and generally say that he was the only cool thing to come from that state. At least I have few cool points for my home, still way behind California and florida though. Hey, at least a few great people came from Iowa.

Now at this time in the conversation about the Hawkeye State I am getting kinda antsy for people to know about and like Iowa, I go for the fun facts, like Ripleys Believe it or not named Burlingtons Snake Alley the crookedest street in the world! and that Winnebagos come from my state! or that Iowa is the only state to have two of its borders consist of water (the Missouri and Mississippi rivers). In my last ditch effort I let everyone know that sliced bread was invented in Iowa in 1929, yep We invented that junk! That was us! In your Face!

By this point in the conversation people are falling asleep or are about to walk off and I find out that I have been talking to some random strange child for the last ten minutes, so I just sigh and continue to explain about my home. I love Iowa. There will never be a plot of land better than that state. I continue to dig into my memory and bring back just how succulent the green fields of corn smelt or how hearty they smelt after the harvest. I learned about the circle of life the planting, growing, and harvesting of crops let me see into the birth, life, and death of the world. I miss how the suns rays would turn the fields into a golden paradise just for a short time every morning. I loved the simple navigation of the state laid out i a perfect grid pattern, one could never be lost, just look for a water tower upon the horizon. Every where else I have been seems so closed and claustrophobic when I close my eyes and see the open expanses of my childhood. I know that wherever fortunes wind blows my sails, Iowa will always be my home. that word "Iowa" really does mean beautiful land.

I notice I am monologuing I am in such a deep thought that I come from my memories to see the reaction of the people I talk to, and they are either asleep, have left and the random strange child seems indifferent. I usually smile and go on about my day knowing that Iowa still is one of the best kept secrets ever.


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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My family is from Iowa; I'm the only one not born there but I have visited with them several times and I actually think it is beautiful. Love the endless acres of corn and the laid back atmosphere in the smaller towns. I loved my time there and if I ever moved to one state in the Midwest it would be Iowa. Great hub!

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      Thank you for the great comment. I would love to go visit soon. where do you visit? I am from the ames area.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My family lives, or lived, in Charles City...seems to me that's close to Ames unless I've completely forgotten the geography of the area. Anyway, if I ever go back I'll buy you lunch.

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      Well its to the north, just a little bit. haha. Thanks I appreciate that. Guess Ill buy the drinks then.

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      grannyiktomi 5 years ago

      You make Iowa sound beautiful as well as imtresting!

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      Thanks, I do try. It is very beautiful.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      I lived in Charles City for about a year in the early 1970s. Leslie Winston, who played Cindy Walton on, "The Waltons", lived in Iowa, but I think that she was born in Texas. She lived in Mason Ciy. I have relatives that live in Waterloo, Iowa and the surrounding area. I've seen a lot of fields and a few barns close up when I was a kid. Iowa sure is well known for its corn and hogs. Nice hub!

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      Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

      Thank you gail. I didn't know that Leslie Winston live in IA, ya learn something new every day. I will have to look into that further if I write a part II.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      Your welcome.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      One of the few states I haven't made it to yet. Looks like I'm gonna have to now. Thanks for all the wonderful information! :) Voted up and shared.

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      Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

      Thank you TToombs I am very glad you enjoyed it. Now get on over to the IA!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I agree that Iowa is one of the nation's best kept secrets. It's especially beautiful here now with all the fall colors. Now I'm off to find a map to see the head of the baker. I've never heard that one before!

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      Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

      I can't believe you haven't heard of the baker! Let me know when you find it.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Nice to hear your point of view about your home state! I can't wait to check out the baker. I have to admit my shame at knowing little about the mid western states so thank you for enlightening me.

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      Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

      Hey no worries! I glad I could be of service Tracy.

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      Cody 4 years ago

      I just wanted to say, I was born and raised in Cedar Falls, and for my short 16 years I can proudly say "I am from Iowa." I love this state and everything about it, from the friendliest people you'll ever meet, to our great education, to our outstanding public safety. So seriously people, come check us out.

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