On February 8, National Iowa Day recognizes The Hawkeye State.

The 29th state to join the United States is known for fertile prairie, rolling hills, raising innovative people and some nostalgic movie moments. From the Mississippi River to the harvests in Plymouth, Harrison or Fremont counties, Iowa’s history, beauty and hospitality flourish.

The state was named for Iowa Native Americans who populated the area when European settlement forced Eastern tribes westward.

Acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase, Iowa Territory settlement didn’t start to take place until around the 1830s.

Other Fascinating Faces and Places

One of the later settlements that remain today is the Amana Colony. A congregation of the Community of True Inspiration, their faith and persecution in Germany led them to immigrate to America for religious freedom. Iowa supplied fertile farmland and a home for them to practice their skills and their beliefs. Today, they open their community to the public. Shop for handmade gifts, homemade baked goods, wine and stay for a home-cooked meal.

In the southwestern part of the state, Madison County boasts beautiful covered bridges which were featured in the movie by a similar name. While touring the bridges, be sure to stop by Winterset and take in the birthplace of John Wayne.

The Bridges of Madison County

Meryl Streep (Actor), Jim Haynie (Actor) 
The Bridges of Madison County

Meryl Streep (Actor), Jim Haynie (Actor) 

Duke in His Own Words: John Wayne's Life in Letters, Handwritten Notes and Never-Before-Seen Photos Curated from His Private Archive Hardcover – October 27, 2015

by Editors of the Official John Wayne Magazine (Author), Ethan Wayne (Introduction)
Duke in His Own Words: John Wayne’s Life in Letters, Handwritten Notes and Never-Before-Seen Photos Curated from His Private Archive Hardcover – October 27, 2015

by Editors of the Official John Wayne Magazine (Author), Ethan Wayne (Introduction)


Not far from the Mississippi River, The Field of Dreams home is just outside Dyersville. They built it so that you would come.

Field of Dreams [Blu Ray] [Blu-ray]

Kevin Costner (Actor), Amy Madigan (Actor), & 1 more
Field of Dreams [Blu Ray] [Blu-ray]

Kevin Costner (Actor), Amy Madigan (Actor), & 1 more


For fantastic performances in a historic rock and roll venue, check out the events at the Surf Ballroom. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper played their last concerts at the Surf Ballroom the night they perished in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.



    





The Real Buddy Holly Story

Sonny Curtis (Actor), Paul McCartney (Actor, Producer), & 1 more

The Real Buddy Holly Story

Sonny Curtis (Actor), Paul McCartney (Actor, Producer), & 1 mor
Complete Recordings

Including La Bamba
Ritchie Valens 
Complete Recordings  Including La Bamba Ritchie Valens  

Nature lovers will find plenty of adventure in Iowa. Effigy Mounds National Park will satisfy those with a mystical and historical curiosity. Rockhounds should seek out Geode State Park. The Corps of Discovery’s Louis and Clark Trail come through Iowa, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalIowaDay

From the Quad Cities to Shimek Forest, Iowa offers city and country to explore. Join National Day Calendar as we examine the 29th state’s dynamic people and pioneering history. Travel byways and discovery Iowa’s stunning scenery! Use #NationalIowaDay to share on social media.

For a complete list of Texas State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks/Iowa-State-Parks and www.nps.gov. Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below.

Dolliver Memorial State Park – Lehigh

Geode State Park – Danville

McIntosh Woods State Park – Ventura

Shimek State Forest – Farmington

http://www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks/Iowa-State-Parks/ParkDetails/ParkID/610136

Viking Lake State Park – Stanton

http://www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks/Iowa-State-Parks/ParkDetails/ParkID/610135

Iowa Old Capitol Building – Iowa City

Salisbury House – Des Moines

Effigy Mounds National Monument – Harpers Ferry

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum – Decorah

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library – Cedar Rapids

Union Pacific Railroad Museum – Council Bluffs

MacNider Art Museum – Mason City

American Gothic House – Eldon

Living History Farms – Urbandale

Sergeant Floyd – Iowa

Museum of Danish America – Elk Horn

Western Historic Trails Center – Council Bluffs

Little Brown Church – Nashua

Historic Squirrel Cage Jail – Council Bluffs

Bentonsport National Historic District – Bentonsport

Beedle Park Heritage Train – Cresco

Amana Heritage Museum – Amana

Antonine Barada – Folk Hero – (August 22, 1807 – March 30 1885)

Buffalo Bill Cody - Scout - (February 26, 1846 - January 10, 1917)
Buffalo Bill Cody – Scout – (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917)


Ringling Brothers
Ringling Brothers


Lee de Forest - (August 26, 1873 - June 30, 1961)
Lee de Forest – (August 26, 1873 – June 30, 1961)


Herbert Hoover - President - (August 10, 1874 - October 20, 1964)
Herbert Hoover – President – (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964)


Eugene Burton Ely - Aviator - (October 21, 1886 - October 19, 1911)
Eugene Burton Ely – Aviator – (October 21, 1886 – October 19, 1911)


Carrie Lane Chapman - Activist - (January 9, 1859 - March 9, 1947)
Carrie Lane Chapman – Activist – (January 9, 1859 – March 9, 1947)


W.H. Carothers - Chemist - (April 27, 1896 - April 29, 1937)
W.H. Carothers – Chemist – (April 27, 1896 – April 29, 1937)


Grant Wood - Artist - (February 13, 1891 - February 12, 1942)
Grant Wood – Artist – (February 13, 1891 – February 12, 1942)


George Gallup – Statistician – (November 18, 1901 – July 26, 1984)

Glenn Miller - Composer - (March 1, 1904 - December 15, 1944)
Glenn Miller – Composer – (March 1, 1904 – December 15, 1944)


Marion Mitchell Morrison - Actor - (May 26, 1907 - June 11, 1979)
Marion Mitchell Morrison –
aka John Wayne – Actor – (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979)

Winifred Asprey – Mathematician – (April 8, 1917 – October 19, 2007)

Bob Feller - Baseball Player - (November 3, 1918 - December 15, 2010)
Bob Feller – Baseball Player – (November 3, 1918 – December 15, 2010)
Dan Gable - Wrestler - (October 25, 1948 -)
Dan Gable – Wrestler – (October 25, 1948 -)


Johnny Carson - Talk Show Host - (October 23, 1925 - January 23, 2005)
Johnny Carson – Talk Show Host – (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005)


Hand-signed autographed Peggy Whitson - Astronaut - (February 9, 1960 -)
Hand-signed autographed Peggy Whitson – Astronaut – (February 9, 1960 -)