This week, Bill Bailey Travel Club travels to the state of Iowa on our continuing journey through the 50 states. Travel with Bill Bailey as we take a look at some of the most interesting facts on travel to this great US state. What to do, when to travel, the history and much more about the great state of Iowa can be found with Bill Bailey as your travel partner. Learn more about the 50 states and take a closer look at the state of Iowa with Bill Bailey Travel Club.
About Iowa From Bill Bailey Travel Club
First sited in 1673 by Joliet and Marquette, Iowa was claimed by LaSalle just a few years later for the King of France. Later, in the late 1700’s, the first Europeans actually settled the area and lived with the at that time, plentiful Native Americans. Until the early 1800’s, over 17 tribes of Native Americans called Iowa home. Today, only one tribe of Native Americans still call Iowa home.
Accepted into the union in 1846, Iowa was the 29th state to join. It led the way during the ensuing wars with the most men joining the war effort at over 60%. In addition, the state of Iowa provided a vast underground railroad for those trying to escape slavery before emancipation.
One of the fastest growing states in the Union, Iowa is not only attractive to prospective residents, but is also considered an ideal place to vacation for families. Some of the most popular sites of interest in Iowa include: the Lewis and Clark Trail, Crystal Lake Cave, the Field of Dreams, state and national parks as well as historic sites of interest. Bill Bailey invites you to travel to Iowa. Know more about the facts from Bill Bailey Travel Club.
- The name Iowa comes from Ioway, the French word for the Bah-kho-je Indian tribe that lived in the area.
- State Nickname – Hawkeye State
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not has dubbed Burlington’s Snake Alley the most crooked street in the world.
- Strawberry Point is the home of the world’s largest strawberry.
- Spirit Lake is the largest glacier-made lake in the state.
- The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses the largest collection of Grant Wood artwork.
- The Saint Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville is the only basilica in the United States situated outside a major metropolitan area.
- The Sergeant Floyd Monument in Sioux City honors the only man to die during the Lewis and Clark expedition.
- Iowa’s only fire tower is situated in Yellow River State Forest.
- Campers and motor homes are manufactured in Winnebago County. They’re called Winnebago’s.
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