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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile — U.S. Census Bureau
|Governor||Terry Branstad (Republican, to January 2019)|
|Entered the Union||December 28, 1846
as the 29th state
|Motto||Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain|
|Nickname||The Hawkeye State|
|Song||Song of Iowa|
|Professional Sports Teams||No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
|Origin of Name||Probably from an Indian word meaning “the beautiful land”|
|Historical Sites||Herbert Hoover Birthplace and Library, Fort Dodge Historical Museum, Effigy Mounds National Monument|
|Points of Interest||Amana Colonies, Des Moines Art Center, Sanford Museum and Planetarium, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Living History Farms, Paddlewheel Riverboats|
|Bordering States||Iowa borders Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin|
Follow these links to read articles about Iowa from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
Official State Links
- Iowa: the Official State of Iowa Website
This is the official website for the State of Iowa.
- State Library of Iowa
Here is the homepage for the Iowa State Library.
- State Historical Society of Iowa
Here is the homepage for the Iowa State Historical Society.
- Iowa State Historical Museum
Here is the homepage for the State Historical Society of Iowa Museum.
- Iowa Archives and Records Program
Here is the homepage for the Iowa State Archives.
- Iowa DNR State Parks & Rec Areas.
Here is the homepage for Iowa State Parks.
- Travel Iowa
Here is the official state tourism website for Iowa.
- iowa.gov For Youth
This iowa.gov website provides links to resources for young people.
Other State Links
- 50states.com: Iowa
The site provides a wealth of information about Iowa. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
- Things To Do in Iowa
ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Iowa’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
- Roadside America: Iowa Attractions
Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
- FedStats: MapStat: United States: Iowa
Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Iowa.
- The shortest and steepest railroad in the U. S. is in Dubuque. It is 296 feet long, and rises at an incline of 60 degrees to a height of 189 feet.
- The red Delicious apple (the most popular apple in the U. S.) was developed in East Peru.
Some Famous People from this State
- William “Buffalo Bill” Cody was a Pony Express rider, cavalry scout, buffalo hunter, and showman in the late 1800s.
- Presidents from Iowa with links to ipl’s POTUS (Presidents of the United States) page:
- Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, was born in West Branch on August 10, 1874.
- Charles and John Ringling, co-founders of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, were born in the late 1800s in Iowa.
- Movie icon John Wayne was born in Iowa with the original name “Marion Michael Morrison.”
- The artist Grant Wood (1892-1942) painted his most famous painting “American Gothic” in 1930.