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.