What Are Some Interesting Facts About Iowa?


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On Dec. 28, 1846 Iowa officially became the 29th state in America. Nicknamed the Hawkeye State, Iowa's capital is Des Moines. The Iowa landscape includes forests, prairies and rivers.

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The Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeastern Iowa has over 200 earth mounds shaped like bears, bison and birds. People called the Effigy Moundbuilders developed them between 1400 and 750 B.C. The largest body of water in Iowa is the Rathbun Dam and Reservoir. At 136 feet deep, Lake Okoboji is the state's deepest body of water.

Iowa is also the name of a Native American tribe. In the 1840s the Winnebago tribe had to leave their native Wisconsin because of clashes with other Native American tribes. In 1842, the United States built Fort Atkinson in Iowa to shelter them. It was the only U.S. fort built to protect Native Americans from other tribes.

In 2011, Iowa farmers harvested over 2.3 billion bushels of corn, making the state the largest corn producer in the United States. Iowa also ranks high in soybean, grain, pork and beef production. It is known for technological and cultural achievements. During the 1930s, the first electronic digital computer was developed by Iowa State University researchers. The largest collection of Grant Wood artworks are in Iowa's Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

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