December 28 - Iowa's Statehood Celebration

Posted on December 28, 2016

On this date in 1848, Iowa became the 29th state. Nicknamed the Hawkeye State, Iowa is sort of a middle/medium state. Not only is it near the middle of the pack as far as gaining statehood, it is near the middle of the country, geographically speaking, and it is the 26th largest state in area and 30th most populous state.

Iowa is also in the middle of the Corn Belt! It is #1 in corn production in the U.S., and the U.S. is #1 in corn production in the world. So, as far as corn goes, Iowa is FAR from a middle/medium state!

Here are some amazing things to see in Iowa:

The Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption is an enormous collection of gems, semi-precious stones, other minerals, petrifications (things like petrified wood) and fossils, and shells have been gathered into one place in order to create nine grottos that tell the Christian stories of Jesus’s life. 

Iowa’s capital, Des Moines, is considered a source of culture and economic opportunity. Check out Des Moines’s Art Center and Salisbury House.

Like every other state, Iowa has natural beauties such as these caves and lakes:

Also on this date:

Anniversary of the consecration of Westminster Abbey

Anniversary of dishwasher patent

They're Always Changing the Map Day

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