Our state

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

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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.

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4 Responses to Our state

  1. Mamabear says:

    Do you happen to know why it’s called the Hawkeye State? I always find info about each state very interesting, so thanks for sharing it with us.

    Hope that pizza was good.

  2. cruisin2 says:

    Mamabear,
    That nickname goes to back to when Iowa when still a
    territory. In 1838 a judge and a newspaper publishter went
    before territorial officials and got the nickname approved.
    Hawkeye was chosen in honor of their friend, Chief Black Hawk.
    The University of Iowa later “borrowed” the name for their
    sports teams.

  3. Mamabear says:

    Thanks for the info on how it became the Hawkeye state. I learned something new today!

  4. cruisin2 says:

    Mamabear,
    our pleasure. I had a post all lined up to flesh out the story yesterday, but lost it when the old modem gave up the ghost. I may try and rewrite once everything is running smooth.

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