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Iowa derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the many Native American tribes that made the region their home thousands of years before the European explorers found the place
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Iowa is the only state in the Unites States whose eastern and western borders are formed entirely by rivers.

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Iowa is the only state in the United States that has two vowels as its state abbreviation (IA)
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The Iowa State Capitol is the only state capitol to feature five domes, a central golden dome surrounded by four smaller domes.
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When Iowa Territory was organized in 1838, Burlington was named as its first territorial capital. Iowa City was designated as the official territorial capital in 1841. When Iowa joined the union as a state, Iowa City continued to serve as the capital city of the State of Iowa. In 1857, the state capital was moved to Des Moines
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Iowa is called "The Hawkeye State" to honor Indian Chief Black Hawk.
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The Red Delicious apple originated at an orchard in Peru, Iowa in 1872
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Iowan Arabella Mansfield the first female lawyer in the United States
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Iowa has the highest literacy rate among all the states in the United States (99%)
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Iowa is the largest producer of pork, corn and eggs among all the states in the United States
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Iowa is the largest producer of ethanol among all the states in the United States
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Iowa is the only state whose name starts with two vowels.
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The Hollywood movie “The Bridges of Madison County” was set in Madison County, Iowa. The movie features some of the covered bridges found throughout Iowa, including the longest, Holliwell Bridge.
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Cornell College is the only school in the United States to have its entire campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Herbert Hoover, a West Branch native, was the 31st president of the United States and the only Iowa-born person to become US President.
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Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison), better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, and producer. Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa
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The Sergeant Floyd Monument, the first designated National Historic Landmark of the United States, is a monument on the Missouri River at Floyd's Bluff in Sioux City, Iowa. The monument honors Charles Floyd, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, who died on the upstream voyage in 1804 and was buried here. He was one of the first men to join the expedition, and the only person to die on the expedition.
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Des Moines International Airport is the busiest airport in Iowa.