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  Cedar Bridge in Madison County, Iowa
by deecat

Of all the midwestern states, I've always thought of Iowa as the most rural, the most idyllic, the most quaint. Because of the luxuriant growth of prairie grasses, it's become the best land for agriculture. 90% of its land is farmed!

Iowa places 1st in production of corn, soybeans, & pork. In this area of the US, Iowa is the only state that is bordered by two navigable rivers,the Missouri & the Mississippi.

I still have visions of the movie "Field of Dreams" when Shoeless Joe Jackson shows up in Iowa and asks,"Is this Heaven?"

Many people view Iowa as a certain kind of heaven because of its quaint small towns, tidy farms, & conservative lifestyle.

The other movie that I visualize when I hear Iowa is, of course, "The Bridges of Madison County". That popular book & movie really put Iowa, but especially the city of Winterset in Madison County on the world map! But, did you know that Winterset is also the birthplace of John Wayne?

The capital city of Iowa,DesMoines, is located close to the center of the state. It's the site of Drake University & KRNT Theater, one of the largest theaters in the nation! I loved the Sherman Hill Historic District with all the lovely turn-of-the-century homes.

The town in Iowa that I've been to the most is Dubuque because it's so close to Illinois. It has a spectacular location on the limestone bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. It's very hilly, & those hills are dotted with "gingerbread" Victorian mansions. It's really the makings of a masterpiece of art with rocky outcrops, wildflowers, enormous trees, & an abundance of bald eagles. Surrounding the city are well-kept farms in quiet rural communities
Even so, Dubuque is a processing & transportation center.

Oh, I almost forgot, they also have leagalized riverboat gambling & river cruises.

Fond of history & architecture? If so, you'll love this ""Masterpiece on the Mississippi".

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  • Updated Mar 9, 2005
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