Countdown to SSTP: 10 Interesting Things about Iowa

Here’s a chance to get to know the state of Iowa before you arrive for the summer! Or, for Iowa locals, a chance to learn something new about your home state!

1. It’s not just cornfields. Iowa has a variety of landscapes from prairies and forests to caves and rivers.


2. It’s the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek. Riverside, Iowa has a monument dedicated to the character.


3. We’re the first to caucus. Iowa voters kick off the primary season in the United States.


4. We love wind energy. In 2015, over 30% of the state’s power came from wind farms.


5. Iowa City is one of the seven UNESCO world cities of literature. The Iowa Writers’ Workshop offers a world-renowned MFA program attended by authors like Kurt Vonnegut and Flannery O’Connor.


6. The University of Iowa was the first U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis.

7. The University of Iowa granted the first law degree to a woman in 1873, and the first one to an African American man (Alexander G. Clark) in 1879.


8. In 1923, Iowa City elected the first woman to serve as leader of a U.S. city with a population of over 10,000. This woman was Emma J. Harvat.


9. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have been named one of America’s top hospitals for over 20 consecutive years.


10. Iowa City was the first capital city of the state before it was moved to Des Moines. The Old Capitol building now serves as a major landmark of the city.


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