Iowa History and Attractions

By | July 25, 2022

According to, the State of Iowa has many characteristics that make it suggestive and full of charm, even if it is often underestimated.

The territory of Iowa borders Minnesota to the north, Missouri to the south, Nebraska and South Dakota to the west, Wisconsin and Illinois to the east. The Mississippi and Missouri rivers draw their borders to the east and west respectively.

The name of the state is that of an indigenous Indian tribe, the Iowa in fact, which have ceded the territory to the United States of America, retreating to Oklahoma. The capital is Des Moines.

In general, the territory of Iowa is undulating, composed of hills that do not rise more than a few hundred meters, in it there are many lakes, both natural and artificial. The climate of Iowa is therefore continental with very cold winters that can lead to heavy snowfalls and very hot summers with temperatures that reach even 35 degrees. Throughout the year, Iowa can count as many as fifty days characterized by thunderstorms that are also delineated with hail and ruinous rains.


According to, Iowa is a state where colonizers came from many places, both French but also Spanish and German, each bringing their own way of life but all dedicating themselves to agriculture and livestock. Iowa has the largest number of pig farmers and grain producers in the United States. Iowa is currently the state where the primaries for the presidency of the White House begin.

Places to visit

The name of the capital, Des Moines, literally means Of the Monks. It is a very quiet city, full of greenery and botanical gardens where you can admire the beauties of nature. It was founded to protect the pioneers arriving in the surrounding territories from attacks by the Sioux and Fox populations. From the cultural point of view, the Des Moines Arts Center is remarkable, which houses works by Picasso, Renoir but also Wood and Hopper. From a commercial point of view, the city is very important as it represents the third largest insurance center in the world.

The second city of Iowa is Cedar Rapid, which has a strong Czech influence, for having been colonized by the Czechs and therefore it is possible to visit the Czech Village, the Czec Museum and shop in pure Central European style.

In the old capital Iowa City, there is an important university home to the Writers Workshop, in fact it is also called the city of writers, of the caliber of Flannery O ‘Connor, Irving and others.

Curious to know is Amana Colonies, an agglomeration of seven communities founded by a German Protestant sect, the community is organized as a joint stock company so the profits are divided among all the members of the same.

Famous name

The legendary John Wayne, who well played the characters of the west, born in Iowa, therefore knew what it means to have wild and unspoiled nature around, gentle slopes next to rivers and farms where work also depends on the daily weather.

NAMED: “The Hawkeye State”
ORIGIN NAME: Ayuwa, the sleepers, was the name of an Indian tribe in the area, from which this state was later derived.
CAPITAL: Des Moines
MEMBER UNION SINCE: 28 December 1846 (29th state)
POPULATION: 2,869,413
CAPITAL POPULATION: 215,636 residents
MOTTO: “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain”
BIRD: Eastern Goldfish
FLOWER: Wild Rose
SONG: Song of Iowa
THE FLAG: Having three vertical bands of blue, white and red, the Iowa flag resembles the flag of France. On the white stripe is an eagle carrying a blue streamer with its beak, which bears the Iowa motto. The flag was adopted in 1921.
AGRICULTURE: Pigs, cereals, soy, oats, livestock, dairy products.
INDUSTRY: Chemical products, primary metals.

Economy of Iowa

Agriculture has always been a fundamental sector for the economy, and the entire economic system is linked to it. Iowa is the second largest state in the US for the global value of agricultural production, thanks to wheat, soy, sheep and pigs. The livestock is largely exported to other American states or abroad, thanks to a production system organized in an innovative and extremely dynamic entrepreneurial form and to a rich and relatively flat soil; this despite periodic phases of crisis in the sector.

The sedimentary rocks, from the Paleozoic era, are quite rich in mineral resources; coal is very frequent in the subsoil, but the deposits are small, irregular and with a high sulfur content, which makes the extraction of this mineral of little economic importance; more relevant is the extraction of building materials. About half of the added value of industrial production is given by the food industry, linked to agriculture as well as the industries producing agricultural machinery and fertilizers. However, the mechanical, electrical, rubber, printing and publishing and construction industries (which use a large part of the state’s mining production) are also relevant.

Much of the tourism is passing through as Iowa does not have great natural beauties. The existing tourist facilities are however used by the residents who use them mainly for fishing, hunting, boating and camping. The sport is practiced mainly at an amateur level.

Economy of Iowa