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Cross-Cultural State Resource

Iowa

Iowa State Map - EVSP

History: Iowa became a state on December 28, 1846. It was the 29th state to join the United States.

Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are 100% formed by water.

Famous People from Iowa: Ashton Kutcher, Johnny Carson, John Wayne, Herbert Hoover, Buffalo Bill Cody, Glenn Miller (see http://www.biography.com/people/groups/born-in-iowa for a more comprehensive list)

  • State Capital: Des Moines, Iowa
  • State Nickname (Official): “The Hawkeye State”
    This nickname is a tribute to Native American leader Chief Black Hawk.
  • Largest Cities (Population): Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Iowa City
  • Average Climate: 14-86°F (average low in winter to average high in summer)
  • Regional Foods: Pork tenderloins, steak de burgo, sweet corn, iowa chops, taco pizza, rhubarb pie (see http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/iowa/18-dishes-ia-before-you-die/)

GOVERNMENT OFFICES / RESOURCES

TRAVEL, CONVENTION, AND VISITORS BUREAUS

Comprehensive Visitors Guide: http://www.traveliowa.com/

HISTORIC SITES

Comprehensive listing of historic sites in Iowa is available at http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/iowa/15-historical-landmarks-ia/

PARKS / RECREATION

THEATERS, MUSEUMS, AND LIBRARIES

SPORTING EVENTS / VENUES

Major College Athletic Programs in Iowa include:

Minor / Major League Sports

Minor league sports teams in Iowa include: