54 Interesting Facts About Iowa

Last updated on December 29th, 2020

45. The season of Scotcheroo is one of the most awaited times of the year. Scotcheroos is a special kind of dessert that is quite impressive for kids. It can be likened to rice Krispies Treat that is used on steroids. It is made using the basic formula for Krispies with peanut butter, butterscotch, and melted chocolate added as toppings. It is more or less a chewy candy.

Iowa City's Bronze Panels. Iowa fact file.
Iowa City’s Literary Walk features bronze relief panels that celebrate some of the best writers with Iowa ties. Image credit.

46. Iowa City’s Bronze Panels: Iowa Avenue is characterized by a series of bronze panels. They make up Iowa Avenue Literary Walk which pays tribute to authors from the state with their quotes engraved on every panel. Literary Walk quotes plus the biographies of the writers are featured in the Authors section. There are also children’s books and interesting short stories.

47. Waterloo’s Grout Museum District: It was founded in 1932 and is considered a cornerstone of Northeast Iowa culture. There is something to see for everyone from pioneers to pythons, science to stars, veterans to Victorian. The museum covers the Civil War, Iowa’s military history, artifacts, and interviews with veterans.

48. Fort Dodge, Little Chicago: locally, Fort Dodge is known as Little Chicago. The nickname came about when the construction was going on. It was built to mimic Chicago. Many buildings are still standing today. Visitors have the opportunity to wander through history and art at Blanden Art Museum and Fort Museum.

49. First Colby Car: the first Colby saw the streets of Mason City in 1910. A 5-passenger car did well and actually earned a speeding ticket during its test driving. It emerged position 3 at the Indianapolis Speedway Race in 1911. But it went out of the market after the company stopped business in 1914. The remaining Colby cars are well preserved in the Kinney Pioneer Museum.

50. Coldwater Cave: this is the biggest water cave in the state of Iowa with over 16 miles of passages stretching from northeast Winneshiek County, Iowa, to southeast Fillmore County, Minnesota. The natural cave’s entrance was discovered in 1967 when three fearless scuba divers were trying on rudimentary tools. They revealed this discovery to the state after a few years of cave diving.

Ice House Museum, Iowa. Interesting facts about Iowa.
Ice House Museum, Iowa. Image credit – Paul Huber.

51. Ice House Museum: this is a perfect place to learn how life was before refrigeration technology came in. A broad selection of ice-harvesting artifacts and archives are found here. The museum was once the Ice and Fuel Company in 1921. Most of the exhibits are the tools that were utilized to carve out ice from the Cedar River.

52. Gladbrook Naming: Gladbrook was founded by two gentlemen. When they went to complete the area’s paperwork in Chicago, they had to come up with a name for the town. After a lengthy conversation about what is good in Iowa, the two said they were glad to have enjoyed a nice brook from the town. And that is how they came up with the name ‘Gladbrook’.

53. Iowa State Fair: with live entertainment, livestock shows, food, rides, and many more, there is so much fun to enjoy during Iowa State Fair. The event started in 1854 way before America’s great westward movement. Thrill Zone is hard to miss with favorite parks and classics like Ye Old Mill and Giant Slide. The fairgrounds are open from April through October with major events happening in August.

54. The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (NCSML): the NCSML is a unique institution in Cedar Rapids that acquaints visitors of all backgrounds with the history and culture of Slovak and Czech. With peculiar exhibitions, the museum takes guests through tales of freedom, human rights, family and community that link today and future. Apart from cultural attractions, there are numerous dining experiences.

Iowa – Quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationIA
State CapitalDes Moines
Largest CityDes Moines
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 56,272 sq miles; Land Only: 55,869 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodDecember 28, 1846
State rank by population30th
State rank by date of formation29th
State rank by area26th
Number of Counties99
Bordering StatesIllinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointHawkeye Point
1,671 ft (509 m)
Lowest pointConfluence of Mississippi River and Des Moines River
480 ft (146 m)
Length310 miles (499 km)
Width200 miles (322 km)
GovernorKim Reynolds (R)
Electoral Votes6
State MottoOur liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
State NicknameHawkeye State
% Water0.70
Noble prize WinnersNorman Borlaug (Peace, 1970)
Edwin G. Krebs (Physiology or Medicine, 1992)
Stanley B. Prusiner (Physiology or Medicine, 1997)
Alan Heeger (Chemistry, 2000)
Famous peopleKurt Warner (Pro Football player)
Dave Bancroft (Baseball player)
Michelle Monaghan
U.S. President Born in Iowa1. Herbert Hoover.
State TreeOak
State BirdEastern Goldfinch
State FlowerWild rose
State rockGeode
Longitude90° 8′ W to 96° 38′ W
Latitude40° 23′ N to 43° 30′ N
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone
Area Codes319, 515, 563, 641, 712
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020