Fun Facts about Iowa…

Here are some fun facts about Iowa that might interest those who enjoy learning about other States…

* Spirit Lake is the largest glacier-made lake in the state.

* West Okoboji is the deepest natural lake in the state. Its depth is 136 feet.

* Imes Bridge is the oldest of Madison County’s six bridges.

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

* The Holliwell Bridge is the longest bridge in Madison County.

* Kalona is the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi River.

* The Sergeant Floyd Monument in Sioux City honors the only man to die during the Lewis and Clark expedition.

* Cornell College is the only school in the nation to have its entire campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

* 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.

* Born Donnabelle Mullenger in Denison, Oscar Award-winning actress, Donna Reed, started her career at the young age of 16.

* Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are 100% formed by water. Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

* The famous actor John Wayne was born in Winterset on May 26, 1907.

* Iowa is the only state name that starts with two vowels.

* The National Balloon Museum in Indianola chronicles more than 200 years of ballooning history.

* The highest double track railroad bridge in the world, the Kate Shelley Bridge, is located at Boone.

* 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.

* Sabula is Iowa’s only town on an island.

* Decorah hosts Nordic Fest a three-day celebration of Decorah’s Scandinavian heritage.

* Fenlon Place Elevator in Dubuque is the world’s steepest and shortest railway.

* At 16 miles, East Okoboji is the longest natural lake in the state.


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