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What states, country, or bodies of water boder it? South Dakota,Minnesota,Wisconsin,Nebraska,Missouri,Illinois,Missouri River,and Mississippi River.

What is the state capital? Des Moines.

What are some major cities? Des Moines, 194,163; Cedar Rapids, 123,119; Davenport, 98,845; Sioux City, 83,148; Waterloo, 66,483; Iowa


What is the area (in square miles) of your state? 56,276

What is the highest point and how high is it? High Point - 1,670 feet

What is the lowest point and how low is it?Juction of Mississippi & DesMoines rivers; 480 feet





Tell when it became a state and what number state it is. Dec. 28, 1846 (29)

How did the state get its name? Origin of name: Probably from an Indian word meaning “this is the place” or “the Beautiful Land”.


List some of the Native American tribes found in this state:

Tell about a famous person from this state.Dan Gable (1948 - ) Wrestler/Coach. Won a gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics without surrendering a point. Two-time Olympic head coach (1980 and 1984). As a coach at Iowa, he won 15 NCAA team titles in 22 years and 22 straight Big Ten Conferences. titles; born in Waterloo. Born in Waterloo, IA



Who is the governor? Chet Culver

Who is the lieutenant governor? Patty Judje,D

Who are the U.S. senators from this state?Chuck Grassley,R and Tom Harkin,D

How many U.S. House of Representatives members are from this state? 5

State Flag: 

Iowa State Flag 

Having three vertical stripes blue, white and red the Iowa flag resembles the flag of France. On the white stripe is a bald eagle carrying a blue streamer in its beak. The state motto " Our Liberties We Prize, and Our Rights We will Maintain" is written on the streamer. The name of the state is emblazoned in red letters. 


List mining resources found in the state:Crushed and broken stone, podland cement, sand and gravel, and gypsum. 

List agricultural resources found in the state: Iowa ranks 1st in the U.S. in corn and soybean production.



What is the average high January temperature of the state capital? 28°F

What is the average high July temperature of the state capital? 86°F

What is the average low January temperature of the state capital? 10°F

What is the average low July temperature of the state capital? 66°F

What is the average precipitation for January of the state capital? 1.0 in

What is the average precipitation for July of the state capital? 3.8 in




What is the population of the state (year 2000 or later)? 2,988,046



State bird: Eastern Foldfinch

State flower: Wild Rose

State tree: Oak Tree

State song: The Song Of Iowa

State nickname: Hawkeye State

Other- State Rock Geode



Des Moines Playhouse - The Des Moines Playhouse was founded in 1919 by members of the Iowa Press and Authors Club. The Playhouse's mission is to partner with volunteers to create and deliver extraordinary theatre and education programs for communities in central Iowa through high-quality entertainment with special emphasis on issues of social significance.


Civic Center of Greater Des Moines - The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines will serve as an outstanding community performing arts center, accessible to all, where people may be educated, entertained and enlightened. Every year, the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines welcomes a quarter of a million people to enjoy the wonder, the suspense and the joy of live theater.

White Water University - White Water University is a fun and safe atmosphere for the whole family! Featuring two waterslides, two tube slides, a wave pool, a children's cannon ball slide, a children's play area, and a volleyball pool. The facility also offers an 18 hole, California style miniature golf course, and a twin engine, figure eight go-kart track.

Des Moines Botanical Center - The Des Moines Botanical Center is one of the most popular cultural attractions in Iowa, providing educational, recreational, and community resources to thousands. Its goal is to provide botanical displays and educational services for the people of Iowa. It is located on 14 acres along the east bank of the Des Moines River, close to downtown.

Living History Farms - Living History Farms tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest into the most productive farmland in the world. While at the 600-acre open-air museum, visitors travel at their own pace through five historical time periods spanning 300 years. Interpreters provide a unique learning environment of seasonal activities and demonstrations.

Iowa State Center - Great events--concerts, conferences and performances--happen at the Iowa State Center. Whether it's a cheering crowd at Hilton Coliseum, colleagues meeting in the Scheman Building, or families enjoying a show in Stephens Auditorium or Fisher Theater, every guest has a great time at the Iowa State Center.

Historic Valley Junction - Historic railroad district, founded in the 1890s, with more than 120 specialty stores, art galleries, fashion boutiques, restaurants and antique shops.

Blank Park Zoo - Visit Des Moines' Blank Park Zoo where you'll find more than 800 intriguing animals nestled in 22 acres of naturalistic settings.

Iowa Arboretum- The Iowa Arboretum is located on 378 acres in the heart of Boone county contains hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers in a quiet scenic setting. This living museum offers something for visitors of all ages and interests.

Neal Smith NWR Prairie Learning Center - Located near Prairie City, Iowa on Highway 163 in Jasper County, the refuge reconstructs the native plant and animal communities that greeted Iowa's earliest settlers in the mid 1800's. Experience the breathtaking beauty of over 5,000 acres of tallgrass prairie and native Midwest wildlife.

Amboy Trail Ranch - The Amboy Trail Ranch is located just outside of Newton, Iowa on over 100 acres of beautiful woodland. Visitors can enjoy a log guest cabin, trail rides, riding lessons, hayrides and more.

Salisbury House - Salisbury House is a 42-room mansion located in Des Moines. Modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England, this American Castle is nestled on a ten-acre estate of virgin woodlands in the heart of Iowa's capital city. The Salisbury House Foundation's mission is to preserve this historic mansion as a full-time museum and cultural center.

Des Moines Symphony - The Des Moines Symphony is a full-service professional orchestra. The orchestra performs seven pairs of classical concerts throughout the season, as well as a three-concert pops series, family concerts, in-school ensemble performances, and its annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert, a free performance on the State Capitol grounds on July 3rd.

Reiman Gardens - Established through a gift by Roy and Bobbi Reiman and located on a 14-acre place of prominence on the Iowa state University Campus, the Reiman Gardens create a striking entrance to the university and the city of Ames. The gardens celebrate the natural and botanical diversity of Iowa, as well as the historic traditions of gardening and horticulture at Iowa State University.

Hoyt Sherman Place - A grand manor home built in 1877 by prominent businessman Hoyt Sherman; the structure is now a museum and performing arts center. The original house and gallery display an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and elaborately carved 17th century furniture as well as many rare, ancient artifacts.

Adventureland Park - Adventureland Amusement Park contains over 100 rides, shows, and attractions including some of the country's most exciting roller coasters and thrill rides. The park offers great family fun for all ages including water rides as well as a full compliment of children’s rides spread throughout the park.

Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) - DMMO was founded in 1973 by Robert L. Larsen for two important purposes: To provide an opportunity for gifted young American singers to perform and to educate Midwestern audiences about opera, something they have limited opportunity to experience. Metro Opera has accomplished this by offering three productions each year during the Summer Festival in June and July.

International Wrestling Institute and Museum - The mission of the International Wrestling Institute and Museum is to preserve, maintain and promote the long and illustrious heritage of mankind's oldest sport in a manner which will benefit the sport, educate and entertain the public, and financially support the Institute and its activities.

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad - Hop aboard the tourist line railroad, which travels a 15-mile round trip through the beautiful Des Moines River Valley. Enjoy a relaxing two and one-half hour scenic ride through the Des Moines River Valley aboard the historic 'City of San Fransico' car while enjoying elegant dining. See displays of historic railroad items and equipment.

Terrace Hill - This 1869 opulent Victorian mansion, home of Iowa's governor, was built by Iowa's first millionaire, Benjamin F. Allen, and restored to the late 1800s period. It overlooks downtown Des Moines and is situated on eight and one-half acres with a re-created Victorian formal garden.

Science Center of Iowa - The Science Center of Iowa enjoys turning education into something fun and exciting. By interacting with the hands-on exhibits visitors can engage in a hands on, minds on learning adventure. Science Arcade, a collection of the Science Center's permanent exhibits currently includes 27 different exhibits.





What other interesting things did you learn about this state?

Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the world.


Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail - This site celebrates the heroic expedition of the Corps of Discovery, led by Captain Meriwether Lewis and Captain William Clark. Thirty three people traveled with them into unknown territory, starting near what is now known as Wood River, Illinois in 1804, reaching the Pacific Ocean in 1805 and returning in 1806.





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Iowa farmers harvested 13.9 million acres of corn, resulting in 2.37 billion bushels, in 2007. Iowa corn crop values $9.47 billion.

Iowa harvested 8.52 million acres of soybeans (439 million bushels), in2007, which valued $4.78 billion.

Livestock in Iowa consumes 400 million bushels of Iowa Grown corn annually.

Out of the 31.5 million acres of crop land in Iowa, more than 89% is farmed using some kind of conservation practices (contouring, crop rotation, grass waterways, crop residue management.)

Iowa has the most acres of land enrolled in the continuous CRP sign-up. Iowa farmers have enrolled more than 460,000 acres, or 13% of the total acres enrolled nationwide. Trees, grasses and soil on CRP land removed an estimated 17 million metric tons of carbon annually from the atmosphere through photosynthesis.

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wiki10 said

at 11:22 am on Mar 19, 2009

good gob man porfikt

Mr. Torstenson said

at 6:10 pm on Mar 29, 2009

Excellent job, just a little cleaning up to do.

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