Iowa Trivia
This is for all the people out there who think that Iowa has nothing special to offer. People in Japan (Japanese and Westerners alike) often ask me, "What's Iowa famous for? Are there any famous people from Iowa? What's there to see in Iowa?" I hope this little bit of trivia answers those questions. Thanks to Aunt Angie for sending this out! I loved it! (slightly edited)
  • Iowa means "beautiful land."
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not has dubbed Burlington 's Snake Alley the most crooked street in the world.
  • Strawberry Point is the home of the world's largest strawberry.
  • Crystal Lake is home to a statue of the world's largest bullhead fish.
  • Elk Horn in the largest Danish settlement in the United States
  • Kalona is the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi River.
  • The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses the largest collection of Grant Wood artwork.
  • Fenlon Place Elevator in Dubuque is the world's steepest and shortest railway.
  • Wright County has the highest percentage of grade-A topsoil in the nation.
  • Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids , is the largest cereal company in the world.
  • The Saint Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville is the only basilica in the United States situated outside a major metropolitan area.
  • Cornell College is the only school in the nation to have its entire campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Sergeant Floyd Monument in Sioux City honors the only man to die during the Lewis and Clark expedition.
  • Knoxville 's National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to preserving the history of sprint car racing.
  • Herbert Hoover, a West Branch native, was the 31st president of the United States and the first one born west of the Mississippi
  • Mamie Doud Eisenhower's birthplace is located in Boone and includes a restored frame house, complete with summer kitchen and original furniture from the family.
  • Van Meter is the hometown of baseball's Bob Feller, an Iowa farm boy who went on to greatness with the Cleveland Indians during the Golden Age of baseball.
  • Born Donnabelle Mullenger in Denison , Oscar Award-winning actress, Donna Reed, started her career at the young age of 16.
  • Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, John Wayne was the son of a pharmacist and grew up to become one of Hollywood 's most popular movie stars. The famous actor was born on May 26, 1907.
  • Meredith Wilson, who played with the famous John Philip Sousa and the New York Philharmonic before launching his career as a famous composer and lyricist, is a Mason City native.
  • Jay Berwanger, the first winner of the Heisman Trophy, was born in Dubuque in 1914.
  • Glenn Miller, noted trombonist and orchestra leader, was born in Clarinda, located in Southwest Iowa .
  • The town of Fort Atkinson was the site of the only fort ever built by the U.S government to protect one Indian tribe from another.
  • Campers and motor homes are manufactured in Winnebago County. They're called Winnebago's.
  • Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are 100% formed by water. Missouri (& Big Sioux) and Mississippi rivers.
  • The highest double track railroad bridge in the world, the Kate Shelley Bridge , is located at Boone.
  • Iowa is the only state name that starts with two vowels.
  • Iowa State University is the oldest land grant college in the U.S.A.
  • The National Balloon Museum in Indianola chronicles more than 200 years of ballooning history.
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Name: Ruthie
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About Me: I want to know who God is and what his truth is. I love getting lost in beautiful music and cloudless star-filled skies, especially in the fall. I hate being bored. I like big cities. I want to travel the world.
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