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Key Facts

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Iowa State Facts Population (1994): 2,829,000 (30th in size)

State size: 56,275 square miles (25th in size)

State Capital: Des Moines (named after the Des Moines River which got its name from an Indian word Moingouenes, which the French explorers abbreviated to Riviere des Moines)

Major cities: Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines and Sioux City

Admission to union: The 29th State

Date entered the union: December 28, 1846

Origin of state name: Named from an Indian word "Ayuhwa" meaning "Sleepy Ones".

Nicknames: The Hawkeye State

Bordering states: Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Missouri

State bird: Eastern Goldfinch

State flower: Wild Rose

State tree: Oak

Motto: Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain


Geographic Landmarks

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Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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Agriculture including corn, oats, soybeans, pigs and cattle. Service industries include banking and insurance. Manufacturing also plays a significant role in the economy  


Historical Highlights

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Historically under both France and Spain, Iowa was sold to the U.S. as part of the Louisiana Purchase. William Frederick Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, was born in Iowa.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Iowa

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