60 Interesting & Fun Facts About Iowa State You Need to Know Story

By Lauren Rey

Introduction

60 Interesting & Fun Facts About Iowa State You Need to Know Story

There are many interesting and fun facts about Iowa State to learn, including weird, random...

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Iowa Fun Facts

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Iowa is famous for corn

One of the most well-known facts about the state of Iowa is that they are...

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Iowa has over 30 million acres of farmland

Agriculture is king in Iowa. Over 30 million acres of farmland can be found throughout...

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The Iowa State Fair attracts over a million visitors a year

Since 1854, the annual Iowa State Fair has been a major attraction in the state...

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Inventor Otto Frederick Rohwedder was from Iowa

In 1927, Iowa inventor and engineer, Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented the automatic bread-slicing machine. After...

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The Red Delicious apple came from Iowa

While most people tend to think of corn as Iowa's most famous crop, a lesser-known...

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The Iowa State Bird and Flower is the Goldfinch and Wild Rose

The Wild Rose was designated as the state flower in 1897. A type of prairie...

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Iowa hosts the longest recreational bicycle event in the world

One of the fun facts about Iowa state is that it is host to a...

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Iowa is full of wineries

Although most people think of corn when they think of Iowa, they're surprised to learn...

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The American Gothic House is in Iowa

The Dibble House in Eldon, Iowa, was the real-life backdrop for the famous American Gothic...

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The trampoline was invented in Iowa

Iowa native George Nissen invented the trampoline in the 1930s. His prototype was built in...

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Iowa has an annual Tulip Festival

Orange City, Iowa holds an annual Tulip Festival to pay homage to the early Dutch...

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Beneath all the cornfields of Iowa lies hundreds of prehistoric caves

One of the most interesting facts of Iowa is there are hundreds of caves throughout...

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The butterfly stroke was created in Iowa

The University of Iowa is credited with being the birthplace of the butterfly stroke. Head...

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Scotcheroos are Iowa's favorite dessert

A popular midwestern treat, called scotcheroos, is made with rice cereal, peanut butter, and chocolate...

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Iowa has 9 different species of bats

Iowa's not the first state that comes to mind when people think of bats, but...

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Interesting Facts About Iowa

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Iowa is known as the Hawkeye State

Iowa is known as The Hawkeye State, but there has been much debate over the...

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The world's first electronic digital computer was built in Iowa

Iowa State University professor, John Vincent Atanasoff, and student Clifford Berry, built the first electronic...

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Iowa is part of Tornado Alley

Tornado Alley refers to a cluster of midwestern plains states that tend to get the...

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Iowa is a major hub of insurance and financial institutions

Des Moines is the capital of Iowa state as well as the epicenter for US...

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Iowa had the first public veterinary school in the United States

Founded in 1879, The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine was the very first...

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Iowa is a leader in wind energy

Another interesting fact about Iowa is that over half of the state's electricity comes from...

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The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium resides in Iowa

An educational powerhouse, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium hosts dozens of exhibits relating...

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Iowa has unique geography

Iowa sits in the midwestern region of the United States and is bordered by 6...

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Famous author Mildred Wirt Benson was from Iowa

Best known for the Nancy Drew series, author Mildred Wirt Benson was an Iowa native...

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Iowa has a UNESCO City of Literature

Registered as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2008, the University of Iowa is known...

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The canine kennel cough vaccine was developed in Iowa

Veterinarian and researcher, Dr. William Switzer created the first kennel cough vaccine at the Veterinary...

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President Herbert Hoover was born in Iowa

Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch, Iowa to a Quaker family in 1874. He...

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Iowa is home to Living History Farms

Featuring live demonstrations of farm life from the 1700s to the 1900s, Living History Farms...

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Actor John Wayne was born in Iowa

John Wayne, famous for his roles in American Western films, was born in Winterset, Iowa...

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Drones are being used to fight food waste in Iowa

Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is researching ways to fight food...

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Scary Facts About Iowa

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Iowa is home to haunted Edinburgh Manor

Edinburgh Manor is known for being "one of the most haunted places" and one of...

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The Black Angel Monument in Iowa is believed to be haunted

The Black Angel was created as a representation of a dream had by Ruth Dodge...

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Iowa's Mason House Inn is a "Ghost Hunting" site

Built in 1846, the Mason House Inn is a historic site in southeast Iowa known...

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Stony Hollow Road is among the "most haunted places" in Iowa

According to local legends, a small country road in Burlington, Iowa is haunted by the...

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Creepy cult classic "Children of the Corn" was filmed in Iowa

The horror film that follows the story of murderous cornfield children was filmed in several...

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Cool Facts About Iowa

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Iowa State University is the state's largest research university

With over 100 majors, Iowa State University is leading the way in science and technology...

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Iowa has served as a filming location for some of Hollywood's biggest hits

The famous cornfield where Kevin Costner lamented over baseball legends in Academy Award-nominated "Field of...

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The heavy metal band Slipknot came from Iowa

In 1995, 3 Iowa musicians, Shawn Crahan, Joey Jordison, and Paul Gray formed the band...

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Famous television host Johnny Carson was from Iowa

Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa in 1925. His birthplace home is now a...

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Organic farming is growing in Iowa

Iowa has always been known for farming, but in recent years there has been an...

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Weird Facts About Iowa

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Iowa's State Flower, the Wild Rose, is actually 3 different flowers

Wild roses are native to Iowa and can be found growing in the many meadows...

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Iowa is the proclaimed future birthplace of Star Trek's Captain Kirk

In the futuristic series, Star Trek, Captain James T. Kirk was portrayed as being born...

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Iowa is a wild mushroom hunter's paradise

In the spring, wild mushroom hunters descend into Iowa's woodlands, prairies, and meadows in search...

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Iowa has one of the most crooked streets in the world

Designated a Ripley's Believe it or Not Odd Spot, Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa is...

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Iowa was once home to a giant sloth

Approximately 12,000 years ago, giant sloths roamed the wildlands of present-day Iowa state. These prehistoric...

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Random Facts About Iowa

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Iowa has the world's largest wooden nickel

Originally erected as a form of political protest, artist Jim Glasgow's wooden nickel project has...

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Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood is from Iowa

Long before his Hollywood days, actor Elijah Wood was born and raised in Cedar Rapids...

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Iowa has 3 different state universities

Iowa State University was established in 1858 as an agricultural college. It is now a...

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The Iowa State Capitol is the only State Capitol with 5 domes

Known for its golden domes and Renaissance Revival architecture, the Iowa State Capitol is one...

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Infamous criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde once had a shootout in Iowa

The 1930s crime spree brought about by Bonnie and Clyde once came through Iowa. While...

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Historical Facts About Iowa

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Iowa's name comes from the Native American Tribe Iowa

The Iowa Tribe, also known as the Ioway, was part of the Sioux people that...

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Iowa was the 29th state inducted into the union of the United States

On December 28th, 1846, Iowa was officially signed into the unionby President James K. Polk...

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There are historical sites from the Underground Railroad in Iowa

There are 5 areas in Iowa that have been preserved as part of the Underground...

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Iowa's Effigy Mounds National Monument has ancient Native American Burial Mounds

The Effigy Mounds are believed to have been constructed during a prehistoric period over 10,000...

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Iowa was a historical stop on the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Iowa was an important location in the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804. Sergeant Charles...

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Important Facts About Iowa

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Iowa is home to the largest non-governmental seed bank in the United States

Seed Savers, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting plant biodiversity for generations is...

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The University of Iowa holds important clinical trials in the fight against cancer

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa is known for groundbreaking cancer...

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Iowa inducted the first female lawyer in the United States

In 1869, native Iowan Arabella Mansfield became the first female lawyer in the US. After...

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Iowa has some of the best soil in the country

Sometimes referred to as "black gold," there's a reason why Iowa leads in agriculture. They...

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Iowa is doing important tornado research

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University is leading the way in tornado...

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