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December 28, 2010
Iowa became the 29th state this date in 1861 and it’ll be the 12th state we’ve covered in our fool hardy and unclamored for attempt to cover all 50.
It would have been easier to remember if they became the 29th state on the 29th, but I guess they couldn't see the symmetry in it.
Iowa's main claim to fame is that John Wayne was born there and Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the world.
Oh yes, and this kernel is very important:
They are the largest corn producer in the country.
By the way, they’ve heard all the corny jokes so if you’re passing through and want to ingratiate yourself with the locals, don’t say:
"I hear you do amazing things with corn."
Had to think about it, didn't you?
Instead, the state is named after the even more formidable Chief Black Hawk and has even more distinctions going for it.
It’s the only state that is bordered by rivers — the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri and Big Sioux River on the west.
And it is the only state to start with two vowels.
(Ohio has the pesky “h” in the middle.)
The first known European explorers were Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in 1673.
France quickly put in a claim and it remained a French territory until 1763 when Spain entered the picture, which lasted until that statehood thing.
Des Moines, the capital, originally called Fort Raccoon, is the 3rd largest insurance capital of the world, after London, England and Hartford, Connecticut.
So you never know when an agent is lurking nearby.
For some reason Iowa has 99 counties, but 100 county seats because Lee County has two.
Don’t ask Iowans to explain why.
It just is.
If you get hungry in Iowa, do have their famous pork tenderloin sandwich.
You may not expect it to be breaded and fried (why forewarn us) but it is, and it's great.
And you have to know any state that can boast tourist attractions like Herbert Hoover’s birthplace has got to be hopping in the season, so be sure and book ahead.
Iowans are also justly proud of the fact that they have the highest literacy rate in the country — more than 90 percent of its citizens can read and write.
So I can only hope none of them are reading this post.
But all kidding aside, Iowa is one of the backbones of the union; they produce ten percent of the country’s food supply, and lead the nation in corn, soybean and hog marketing.
I don’t know what we’d do without them.
We certainly couldn't get to Nebraska or Illinois.
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