Iowa State Study

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Did you know that the geodes of Iowa are world-renowned? Your kids will have fun discovering the history of Iowa, geography, important facts, landmarks and more through this Iowa State Study. 

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Did you know that the name ‘Iowa’ comes from a tribe of Indians of the same name or that the state song is set to the tune of ‘O Tannenbaum’? These are just a couple of facts I learned while putting together this state study of Iowa. 

I designed this Iowa State Study to make learning about ‘The Hawkeye State’, both a fun and educational experience. I’ve included videos, articles, literature options, state facts, famous landmarks and more to provide thorough learning opportunities for your children. 

Iowa State Study

History of the State of Iowa

History of Iowa

Iowa State Timeline

The History of Iowa

Iowa History

Civil Rights History of Iowa

Historical Climate Histories of Iowa

Iowa Cultural Affairs

Iowa’s Presidential Election Voting History 


Indiana Literature and Research Resources

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All About Iowa

When did Iowa become a state?

On December 28, 1846, Iowa became the 29th state in the Union.

What is the state capital of Iowa?

Iowa’s capital is Des Moines, which is located near the middle of the state.

State Abbreviation


State Population

Iowa is estimated to have a population of 2,830,000 people. Iowa has the 30th largest population of the 50 states.

State Size

Iowa has the 23rd largest land area in the US with 55,857 square miles.

State Name Origin

The word “Iowa” is derived from an American Indian tribe of the same name.

State Motto

Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.

State Nickname

The state of Iowa is known as the Hawkeye State.

State Song

“The Song of Iowa” is the regional anthem of the U.S. state of Iowa. “The Song of Iowa” was written by S. H. M. Byers in 1867 and later adopted as the state song of Iowa by the Iowa State Legislature on March 20, 1911. The lyrics of the song are set to the tune “O Tannenbaum” and the song’s theme is centered on Byers’ love for and praise for Iowa.

State Seal

On the great seal of Iowa, you can see a citizen soldier standing in a wheat field, surrounded by farming and industrial tools, with the Mississippi River in the background. As the eagle soars overhead holding a scroll bearing the state motto in its beak.

State Flag

The Iowa state flag is a tricolor comprised of three colors: blue, white, and red. An eagle is holding a ribbon in the center of the center stripe that is twice as wide as the other two. The flag was adopted on March 29, 1921.

State Bird

American Goldfinch

State Tree

Bur Oak

State Flower

Prairie Rose

State Stone

Since the geodes of Iowa are world-renowned, the Iowa General Assembly declared the geode the official “State Rock” in 1967.


  • Rivers
    • Iowa River
    • Missouri River
    • Mississippi River
    • Des Moines River
    • Big Sioux River
  • Lakes
    • Lake Anita
    • Lake Red Rock
    • Brushy Creek Lake
    • Black Hawk Lake
    • Pine Lake
    • Pleasant Creek
    • Backbone Lake
    • Lake Geode


Iowa has over 700 highways. The longest primary highway is currently U.S. Highway 30 at 332 miles (534 km). The shortest highway is Interstate 129 with a distance of 0.27 miles (430 m).

National Parks

State Parks

Famous Landmarks

Famous People

  • John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979) This American actor, also known as Duke, was born in Winterset Iowa.
  • Herbert Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) The 31st president of the United States was born in West Branch Iowa
  • Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – December 15, 1944) This big band musician rocked the swing era. Born in Claridina Iowa suddenly disappeared never to be found.
  • Buffalo Bill (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) Best known for his Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, he was also a buffalo hunter, U.S. Army scout, actor, Pony Express rider and Indian fighter.
  • Elijah Wood (January 28, 1981 – ) His first acting credit came from Back to the Future II, but he is best known for playing Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit
  • Kurt Warner (June 22, 1971 – ) The winner of the National Football League’s MVP in 1999 and 2001 and a Super Bowl Title winner with the St. Louis Rams in 2000.

Interesting Facts

  • One of the unique features of Iowa is that it is bordered by two navigable rivers; the Missouri River to the west and the Mississippi River to the east.
  • The state of Iowa ranks first in the production of beef, pork, corn, soybeans, and grains in the United States.
  • The state of Iowa produces more corn per capita than any other state in the country.
  • Iowa is the home of the invention of sliced bread.
  • Le Mars, Iowa is the ice cream capital of the world.

Iowa Learning Resources

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