Thursday, June 16

Quick facts about Iowa

Hello to you!! 

May you learn something cool today!!

Have you ever visited Iowa before? If you haven’t, are you ready to learn some cool facts about Iowa? Joey loves learning facts about all of the different states. He would like me to share some of those cool facts with you! I will be posting facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week we posted facts about Indiana. This week we are posting cool facts about Iowa.

Did you know that Iowa was the 29th state to join the union? Yep, that is correct! Iowa officially joined the union on December 28, 1846! Iowa is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. Iowa is bordered by six (6) states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Iowa is the twenty-sixth (26th) largest state in the United States. Iowa is a big state. There are about 3,193,079 people living in Iowa. Did you know that a book author named Hugh Swanson Sidey was born in Iowa?


What state do you reside in?


Cool facts about Iowa:

1. A few things Iowa is known for are: the highest production of corn in the United States, Otto Frederick Rohwedder who invented the first bread slicing machine, and Blue Bunny Ice Cream. The nicknames for the state of Iowa are: The Hawkeye State and the Corn State. The Hawkeye State is Iowa’s official nickname. The Hawkeye State became Iowa’s official nickname sometime in 1838. The Iowa state motto is Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain. The Iowa state motto was adopted in 1847. The abbreviation for Iowa is IA.

2. The capital of Iowa is Des Moines. Des Moines officially became the capital of Iowa sometime in 1855. Des Moines has an estimated population of around 212,031 people.

3. The Iowa state bird is the American Goldfinch. The American Goldfinch was chosen as the state bird for Iowa in 1933. The male American Goldfinches are a bright beautiful yellow bird. They have black on their forehead and wings. They have some white on their tails and wings.

4. The Iowa official state flower is the Prairie rose also known as the wild Prairie rose. The Prairie rose is a climbing plant that can be found growing throughout the state of Iowa. The Prairie rose starts blooming during the late spring and summer months. The Prairie rose is a beautiful rose!! The Iowa Prairie rose became Iowa’s official state flower in 1897.

5. Iowa’s state flag was officially adopted on March 29, 1921. The flag was designed by Dixie May Cornell Gebhardt. Dixie May Cornell Gebhardt lived in Iowa. Iowa’s state flag has three vertical stripes on it; one blue, one white, and one red stripe. The blue stripe stands for loyalty, justice, and truth. The white stripe stands for purity and the red stripe stands for courage. There is a bald eagle on the white stripe holding a banner in its beak that reads OUR LIBERTIES WE PRIZE AND OUR RIGHTS WE WILL MAINTAIN (state motto).

6. Some crops that are grown in Iowa are: corn, hay, soy bean, oats, turnips, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit while in Iowa are: Maquoketa Caves State Park located in Jackson County, The Grout Museum of History and Science, and the Amana Colonies.

8. Some of the animals that live in Iowa are: American beaver, bats, bobcats, deer mice, fox squirrel, river otter, white tailed deer, and zapus.

9. Iowa can get very hot and very cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Iowa was 118 degrees Fahrenheit in Keokuk, Iowa on July 20, 1934. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Iowa was -47 degrees (47 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Elkader, Iowa on February 3, 1996.


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Get your free printable Iowa worksheet here:

 Iowa worksheet

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Books about Iowa:

1. To Iowa in the Back Seat by Kristi R. Bradbury

2. I is for Iowa by Ryan Rivera

3. H is for Hawkeye: An Iowa Alphabet by Patricia A. Pierce

4. Good Night Iowa by Adam Gamble

Parents/caretakers be sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.


You can Click here to purchase the 50 states workbook on Amazon.

You can also utilize the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the 50 states post in one convenient place. 


Tune in next week to learn some really cool facts about Kansas! Thank you for reading my post!! Don’t forget that "One small positive thought can change your whole day."-Zig Ziglar



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