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Iowa facts and history plus travel and tourism information.
Capital: Des Moines
Iowa added vast prairies to the United States by becoming the 29th state on December 28, 1846. Covered by around 33,000,000 acres of farmland, Iowa produces the most corn, soybeans, and pork in America and hosts the country's largest state fair. With the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers on two of its borders, this "breadbasket of the Midwest" attracted German, English, and Irish immigrants during the 19th century. German Protestants from Buffalo, New York still live in the Amana Colonies, one of Iowa's largest tourist attractions.
Iowa's climate ranges from long, bitter cold winters to hot, humid summers, although spring and fall are more pleasant. Many of the state's towns preserve the "Main Street USA" image, and Grant Wood's "American Gothic" painting illustrates Iowa's conservative, rural heritage. Every four years, the Iowa caucuses commence the process of nominating Democratic Party and Republican Party candidates for the quadrennial United States Presidential election.
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Iowa History and Geography