IOWA TRIVIA---KNOWLEDGE WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not has dubbed Burlington's Snake Alley the most
crooked street in the world.
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Strawberry Point is the home of the world's largest strawberry.
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Anamosa is where famous artist Grant Wood was born and buried.
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The state's smallest city park is situated in the middle of the road
in Hiteman.
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Scranton is home to Iowa's oldest water tower still in service.
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Dubuque is the state's oldest city.
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Marion is the home of the infamous tuba player, Sid Blair!
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Crystal Lake is home to a statue of the world's largest bullhead fish.
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Rathbun Dam and Reservoir is the largest body of water in the state.
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Spirit Lake is the largest glacier-made lake in the state.
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West Okoboji is the deepest natural lake in the state. Its depth is 136'
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Imes Bridge is the oldest of Madison County's six bridges.
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Iowa's longest and highest bridge crosses Lake Red Rock.
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Washington, Iowa is where Sid Blair was born.
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Elk Horn in the largest Danish settlement in the United States.
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At 16 miles, East Okoboji is the longest natural lake in the state.
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Kalona is the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi River.
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The state's lowest elevation point (at 480 feet) is in Lee County.
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The Holliwell Bridge is the longest bridge in Madison County.
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Francis Drake was 66 years old at his inauguration and Iowa's oldest
governor.
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Iowa's oldest continually running theater is in Story City
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The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses the largest collection of Grant
Wood artwork.
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Fenlon Place Elevator in Dubuque is the world's steepest and shortest
railway.
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Wright County has the highest percentage of grade-A topsoil in the
nation.
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Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the
world.
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The Saint Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville is the only basilica
in the United States situated outside a major metropolitan area.
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Clarion is the only county seat in the exact center of the county.
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Dubuque is home to the only county courthouse with a gold dome.
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Cornell College is the only school in the nation to have its entire
campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places
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The Sergeant Floyd Monument in Sioux City honors the only man to die
during the Lewis and Clark expedition.
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Maynard Reece, born in Arnolds Park, is the only artist to win the
Federal Duck Stamp competition five times.
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A bronze life-sized sculpture of a Norwegian immigrant family (circa
1860) is located on a six acre restored prairie site located at the
east entry to Lake Mills on Highway 105.
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Iowa's only operating antique carousel is located in the city of Story
City.
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Cedar Rapids is where Sid Blair will be buried.
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Knoxville's National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum is the only
museum in the country dedicated to preserving the history of sprint
car racing.
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Iowa's only fire tower is situated in Yellow River State Forest.
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Sabula is Iowa's only town on an island.
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Herbert Hoover, a West Branch native, was the 31st president of the
United States and the first one born west of the Mississippi.
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Mamie Doud Eisenhower's birthplace is located in Boone and includes a
restored frame house, complete with summer kitchen and original
furniture from the family.
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Van Meter is the hometown of baseball's Bob Feller, an Iowa farm boy who went on to greatness with the Cleveland Indians during the Golden Age of baseball.
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Born Donnabelle Mullenger in Denison, Oscar Award-winning actress, Donna Reed, started her career at the young age of 16 
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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. The famous actor was born on May 26, 1907.
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Meredith Willson, who played with the famous John Philip Sousa and the
New York Philharmonic before launching his career as a famous composer
and lyricist, is a Mason City native.
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The town of Delaware, Iowa is where Frances Hillers and Sid Blair
were married.
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Jay Berwanger, the first winner of the Heisman Trophy, was born in
Dubuque in 1914.
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Glenn Miller, noted trombonist and orchestra leader, was born in
Clarinda located in Southwest Iowa.
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The town of Fort Atkinson was the site of the only fort ever built by
the U.S government to protect one Indian tribe from another.
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Campers and motor homes are manufactured in Winnebago County.
They're called Winnebago's.
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Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are 100% formed
by water. Missouri (& Big Sioux) and Mississippi rivers.
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The highest double track railroad bridge in the world, the Kate Shelley
Bridge, is located at Boone
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Iowa is the only state name that starts with two vowels.
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Iowa State University is the oldest land grant college in the U.S.A.
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Decorah hosts Nordic Fest a three-day celebration of Decorah's
Scandinavian heritage.
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The National Balloon Museum in Indianola chronicles more than 200 years of ballooning history.
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Sheldon High School Summer Theatre, the only high school repertory in
Iowa and one of just a few in the nation presents a different play for
each week in June and July.
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Clarion, the county seat of Wright County, is the only town that can
claim John Phillips as their local hero.
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Wright county is the only county with the most artesian wells.
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Eagle Grove has an artesian well that has run non stop for over 100
years and is still flowing. Folks from all over go there and fill jugs
with its pure water.
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Iowa means "beautiful land".

Thanks to Sam Demario for this list of Iowa Trivia.


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