My logo is black and gold. It has a map of the state on it. I’ve been all over the world, but I won’t live anywhere else. Our summers are beautiful and our winters make us tough. People from out of state wonder, “Why would you stay there?” Well here’s a list…
Things in Iowa to be proud of:
- Public Education. We have the second highest SAT scores, next to North Dakota, who had less than 200 participants. Iowa is the home of the ACT and ITED. The state has the top graduation rate in the nation. Highest literacy rate in the nation. One of the best rivalries in college sports, Iowa v. Iowa State. We have 5 Nobel Prize winners plus George Washington Carver and James Van Allen, top pioneering scientist in their field, were educated in Iowa.
- We have nice people. We’ll wave back if you wave at us. It will freak you out.
- We have a History of Equal Opportunity: Duke Slater, Jack Trice, G.W. Carver, Same sex marriage. The Iowa Supreme Court decided Clark v. The Board of Directors in 1868, ruling that racially segregated “separate but equal” schools had no place in Iowa, 85 years before Brown v. Board of Education. By 1875 a number of additional court rulings effectively ended segregation in Iowa schools. 1869, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that women should be allowed to practice law, making Iowan Arabella Mansfield the first female lawyer in the U.S.
- We have a history of badassery: Civil War Regiments: 9 Cavalry, 4 Artillery, 47 Infantry Volunteer Regiments, +Iowa 1st Volunteer (Black) Infantry. No other state, north or south, had a higher percentage of its male population between the ages of 15 and 40 serve in the military during the course of the war. Our gun laws are incredibly relaxed. Need a gun? Probably not. The crime rate is the 6th lowest in the nation. But don’t mess with us. Our State motto is badass: “Our liberties we prize, our rights we will maintain.” John Wayne was born here and Iowa State University designed a portion of the first A-Bomb.
- Iowans are good at Wrestling: 32 NCCA Wrestling National championships won by Iowa, Iowa State and UNI. Iowa Ironmen of 1939 NCCA Football Champs. Don’t like wrestling? There are a few famous Iowans who didn’t like it. Like Zach Johnson, Lolo Jones, Shawn Johnson, Bob Feller, Kurt Warner and Nile Kinnick. Iowa has more golf courses per capita than any other state in the U.S and the oldest one west of the Mississippi.
- Iowa Feeds You: Iowa is the nation’s largest producer of ethanol and corn and some years is the largest grower of soybeans as well. In 2008, the 92,600 farms in Iowa produced 19% of the nation’s corn, 17% of the soybeans, 30% of the hogs, and 14% of the eggs. You’re welcome. Bon Apetit.
- We have some cool history: Lewis and Clark rolled through here back in the day. Also… WAY back in the day, a culture known as the Effigy Moundbuilders inhabited northeastern Iowa (between 1400 and 750 B.C.) The more than 200 mounds of earth that remain within Effigy Mounds National Monument—several shaped like animals such as bears, birds and bison—were believed to have been used for ceremonial purposes or to track celestial events. The most intact Adult Wooly Mammoth skeleton and Giant Scorpion fossils were found in Iowa.
- You like to bike? Good, because, we are the World Capital of Bike Trails. You will find 1,600+ miles of trails, 1,334 miles of road bikeways, and 170 miles of singletrack trail. We also host the famous RAGBRAI ride from river to river which attracts over 12,000 riders for the 5-day ride each year. Ever drink beer and chew on a smoked turkey leg while riding a bike? Then you haven’t lived.
- We make killer beer. We have a ton of Microbrews and Homebrewers (IBU, IBG and 66 Microbreweries). Check out “El Bait Shop” in downtown Des Moines. Every month home brewers show up and give away their craft beers for free. We also have several sweet beer competitions and festivals. Eat your heart out, Wisconsin.