Iowa, which owes its name to the Iowa River, is also known as the Hawkeye State. The capital, Des Moines, is the largest city with more than 500,000 inhabitants. Iowa is the 29th state of the United States of America with a surface area of 145,000 km2. Iowa used to be all prairie, but since the plowing of the grass, this has become agricultural land. Due to the plowing of the prairie, large animal species such as bison and elk are almost non-existent. Now you will only find foxes, deer and raccoons. Apart from the large city of Des Moines, there is not as much to do in Iowa as in other states of the US. See all cities in Iowa.
The state of Iowa is located in the Midwestern United States on the Great Plains. The state borders Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Iowa is 350 kilometers from north to south and 500 kilometers from east to west. Without real hills, Iowa is a very flat state with agricultural land and prairies, as evidenced by the fact that the highest point, Hawkeye Point, is only 150 meters higher than the average height of the state. Only along the eastern border of the Mississippi River are some small descents. A gutter portion of the western border is formed by the Missouri River. The Des Moines River and Cedar River run through the center of the state.
The first Europeans to visit Iowa were the French in 1673. Shortly afterwards, Iowa became a French territory until 18763, which is still noticeable to this day in the French place names.
From the mid-19th century, more and more settlements came to Iowa in 1833 a permanent European settlement was established. In 1838, the Iowa Territory was established and included all land between the Mississippi River and the Missouri River, as well as parts of North & South Dakota and Minnesota.
Iowa joined the United States of America in 1846 as the 29th state. In the mid-19th century, agriculture moved more and more people to Iowa, but it shrank again during the agricultural crisis of the 1980s. Most residents now live in major cities such as Davenport, Des Moines, and Cedar Rapids.
Iowa is a quintessential Mid-West state due to its fertile prairie and farmland. The main income therefore comes from agriculture, with maize in particular as a major export product. Iowa also has the second largest livestock population in the United States, after California and Texas, from which a thriving fur trade industry flows. Iowa’s other major sources of income are producing manufacturers John Deere with agricultural vehicles and Winnebago with RVs.
|Joined the US as the 29th state on:||Dec 28, 1846|
|Capital city:||Des Moines|
|Geography:||Bordering Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota|
|State motto:||Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain|
|Official website Iowa||iowa.gov|
The approximately 529 km long Iowa River is a tributary of the Mississippi River. Small riverboats are allowed to sail on this river to Iowa City. The Cedar River is the main tributary of this river. The two tributaries of this river originate in Hancock County and are both about 40 miles long and converge at Belmond. Roughly speaking, the river flows southeast through the town of Iowa Falls, toward Steambock Rock where you cruise through a valley and through the towns of Eldora, Marshalltown, Tama, and Marengo. When you sail towards Iowa County you will pass through the Amana Colonies. In Johnston County, one of the places where the river flows, is the Coralville Dam in the Coralville Reservoir. The Iowa River flows mainly south and runs through the city of Iowa.
The last dam before the confluence with the Mississippi River is the low dam at Burlington Street in Iowa City. This river is joined south of Iowa City by the English River in Washington County, then joined by the Cedar River in Louisa County, before emptying into the Mississippi River.