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Here Are 20 Fun Facts About Iowa That Only Locals Know




Get ready to uncover the hidden treasures of the Hawkeye State with 20 fun facts about Iowa that will surprise and delight you! From butter cows to the birthplace of sliced bread, Iowa is bursting with quirky history and unique attractions. So, grab your corn cob and join us on a fun-filled journey through Iowa’s best-kept secrets!

Butter Sculptures

The Iowa State Fair is famous for its butter sculptures, including a life-sized butter cow.

Radar Invention

Iowa State University is where the first electronic digital computer (the Atanasoff-Berry Computer) was invented.

Field of Dreams

The iconic baseball movie “Field of Dreams” was filmed in Dyersville, Iowa, and the field is still a popular tourist attraction.

First Mosque

The oldest mosque in the United States, the Mother Mosque of America, is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was built in 1934.

Amana Colonies

The Amana Colonies, a group of seven villages in Iowa, were founded by German Pietists and are a National Historic Landmark.

Birthplace of Sliced Bread

The town of Davenport is where the first loaf of pre-sliced bread was sold in 1928.

High Literacy Rate

Iowa boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the United States.

Bridges of Madison County

The covered bridges in Madison County inspired the best-selling novel and film “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Oldest Land Grant University

Iowa State University was the first land grant university established under the Morrill Act of 1862.

Wind Energy

Iowa is a leading state in wind energy production, with over 35% of its electricity generated by wind turbines.

Corn Production

Iowa is the largest producer of corn in the United States, contributing significantly to the nation’s corn supply.

Herbert Hoover

The 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover, was born in West Branch, Iowa.

Largest Danish Settlement

Elk Horn, Iowa, is home to the largest rural Danish settlement in the United States and features an authentic Danish windmill.


The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is the oldest, largest, and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.

Maharishi Vedic City

This city in Iowa is dedicated to the principles of Transcendental Meditation and features unique architecture and organic farming.

Lewis and Clark Trail

The famous explorers Lewis and Clark traveled through Iowa on their expedition to the Pacific Ocean.

Tulip Time

Pella, Iowa, celebrates its Dutch heritage with an annual Tulip Time festival, featuring beautiful tulip displays and traditional Dutch costumes.

First Female Lawyer

Arabella Mansfield, the first female lawyer in the United States, was admitted to the bar in Iowa in 1869.

Effigy Mounds

Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa preserves prehistoric mounds built by Native Americans, many in the shapes of animals.

Music Man

The famous musical “The Music Man” was written by Meredith Willson, who was born in Mason City, Iowa.

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