Happy 170th birthday to Iowa. President James K. Polk signed
the bill that admitted Iowa to the Union as the 29th state on
this date in 1846. Here are a few facts about Iowa
The state of Iowa had a little over 3 million residents in
2015. By population we rank 30th among the 50 states and 26th
by area at 56,272.81 square miles.
Iowa has no mountains and our highest elevation is 1,671 feet
at Hawkeye Point. Our lowest elevation is at the confluence of
the Mississippi River and Des Moines River where it is 480 feet
above sea level.
We are known as the Hawkeye State, our state flower is the
wild prairie rose, our state tree is the bur oak, our state
song is “The Song of Iowa”, and Dubuque is our oldest city.
If that doesn’t impress you, Iowa has the most crooked street
in the world (Burlington’s Snake Alley), the worlds largest
strawberry (Strawberry Point), the world’s smallest city park
(in the middle of the road in Hiteman), and the country’s
largest Danish settlement (Elk Horn).
We have the world’s steepest and shortest railway (Fenlon
Place in Dubuque), and the largest cereal company in the world
(Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids). One president, Herbert Hoover
came from Iowa as did Donna Reed, Bob Feller, John Wayne,
Meredith Wilson, and Glenn Miller to name a few.
Iowa is the only state in the U.S.A. that starts with
two vowels. After that I getting hungry and go in search of
a pizza. Have a great rest the day and a better one tomorrow.
Comments are always welcome.