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A state located in midwestern United States

  • Iowa is often referred as 'American Heartland', 'The Hawkeye State' or as the 'Food Capital of the World'.
  • Des Moines is the capital of Iowa.
  • The state got its name from Ioway people, one of the many American Indian tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration.
  • Iowa is the 26th most extensive and the 30th most populous of the 50 United States.
  • The Wild Rose is the official flower of the state. Eastern Goldfinch is the official bird.
  • Scranton is home to Iowa's oldest water tower still in service.
  • Crystal Lake is home to a statue of the world's largest bullhead fish.
  • Francis Drake was 66 years old at his inauguration and Iowa's oldest governor.
  • 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 state has no professional NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
  • The town of Fort Atkinson was built to protect one Indian tribe from another. It is the only fort ever built by the U.S. government for this purpose.
  • Burlington's Snake Alley was named by Ripley's Believe It or Not as the most crooked street in the world.
  • Iowa is the only landlocked state whose east and west borders are 100% formed by water. Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
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