Iowa became a state on December 28, 1846. It was the 29th state to join the USA. Iowa shares borders with Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri. The postal abbreviation for Iowa is IA and the state is in the Central Time Zone. Iowa is nicknamed the Hawkeye State in honor of a Sauk Indian chief named Black Hawk who lead a war against the settlers. (3-page lesson)
Map of Iowa
Iowa is located in the midwestern part of the United States.
The Mississippi River and the Missouri River are two major rivers in the state.
About 3,046,355 people live in the state (2010).
State Flag of Iowa
Iowa's state flag is blue, white, and red. It has three vertical stripes. The state emblem is in the center.
The state motto is: "Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain".