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Iowa Quick Facts
- Capital City: Des Moines
- Nickname: Hawkeye State
- Strawberry Point is the home of the world’s largest strawberry.
- The state’s smallest city park is situated in the middle of the road in Hiteman.
- Dubuque is the state’s oldest city.
- Spirit Lake is the largest glacier-made lake in the state.
Other Iowa Facts
Born Donnabelle Mullenger in Denison, Oscar Award-winning actress, Donna Reed, started her career at the young age of 16.
Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, John Wayne was the son of a pharmacist and grew up to become one of Hollywood’s most popular movie stars.
Woolly Mammoth Bones
Woolly mammoth bones are abundant. The prehistoric pachyderms once lived in the area, so it’s not that unusual for residents to find mammoth bones. They’re especially prevalent in Mahaska County, where people seem to stumble upon them by accident.
Iowa Writers Workshop
The University of Iowa has hosted the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a graduate-level creative writing program, for close to 80 years. Alumni and/or faculty include John Irving, Flannery O’Connor, Robert Frost, and Kurt Vonnegut.
Iowa By the Numbers
Grant Wood's American Gothic