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What is the history of Iowa, USA?

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"Iowa (named from the Ioway Indians, a tribe of the Dakota stock), a north-central state of the American Union, situated in the Mississippi Valley, and bounded N. by Minnesota, E. by Wisconsin and Illinois, S. by Missouri, and W. by Nebraska and South Dakota. Its northern limit is the parallel of 43° 31' N. lat. The Mississippi washes its E. border; on the S. is the parallel of 40°36' N.; but the Des Moines River, for a little distance, is its southern boundary, while the rivers Big Sioux and Missouri, on the W., respectively divide it from South Dakota and Nebraska. Area, 56,025 square miles, one-half of which in 1890 was under cultivation...

Pop. in 1838, 22,859; in 1840, 43,112; in 1846, 97,588; in 1850, 192,214; in 1860, 674,913; in 1870, 1,194,020; in 1875, 1,350,544; in 1880, 1,624,615; in 1890, 1,911,896."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1844 - Mormon leader, Joseph Smith murdered; Mormons leave Iowa

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1856 - First train from Chicago arrived Iowa City; band of Sioux indians massacred settlers at Spirit Lake

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  • News 1860 - June 4 - Iowa's Commanche Tornado , with wind speeds estimated in excess of 300 mph, was unquestionably one of the worst experienced by early settlers, with nearly a million dollars damage.

    The Weather Channel
    June 4, 1860

  • 1867 - Grasshopper invasion occurred, crops damaged; first railroad completed through Iowa

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  • News 1870 - Iowa plants every year a forest of 5,000,000 trees. Within considerably less than half a dozen years, 25,000,000 forest trees have been planted, and are now growing in the Northwest.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 5, 1870

  • January 7, 1873 - A blizzard raged across the Great Plains. Many pioneers, unprepared for the cold and snow, perished in southwest Minnesota and northwestern Iowa.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • Iowa, USA
    Granite Iron Ware
    E. E. Prusia & Company
    Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • Iowa, USA
    Friends Kiln Dried Rolled White Oats
    Muscatine Oat-Meal Co., Muscatine, Iowa
  • 1882 - June 17 - A tornado traveled more than 200 miles across the state of Iowa killing 130 persons.
    The tornado touched down about ninety miles west of Grinnell, and struck the town and college around sunset, killing sixty persons, and causing more ...Read MORE...


  • 1890 - Huge meteor struck ground 11 miles northwest of Forest City

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  • 1893 - July 6 - Pomeroy tornado struck Calhoun County, destroyed 80% of homes, killed 71 and injured 200

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  • Iowa, USA

  • 1909 - Earthquake felt in eastern Iowa

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  • Iowa, USA
    Paramount Theater, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    "The Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a 6-story brick building located in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The theater is a restored example of a vaudeville/ movie palace of the 1920s... The Paramount... Read MORE...

  • Iowa, USA
    Walnut Street, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1916 - Prohobition closed Iowa breweries

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  • 1920 - Devil's Backbone designated Iowa's first state park

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  • 1925 - August 18 - During the late morning hours a severe hailstorm struck southeastern Iowa completely destroying crops along a path six to ten miles wide and 75 miles long.
    The hail also injured and killed poultry and livestock, and caused a total of 2.5 million dollars damage. The hailstorm flattened fields of corn to su...Read MORE...


  • Iowa, USA
    Second Street, Looking West, Davenport, Iowa
  • 1983 - Last Maytag wringer washer produced

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