On December 28th, 1846 Iowa was granted Statehood. That means today is Iowa's 170th birthday! Happy Birthday Iowa.

When asked what Iowa's secret is to a long life, the state responded with "Corn, Hogs and not being Minnesota."

Here are a few facts about our state that will increase your Iowa knowledge and make you a hero to anyone who finds enjoyment in facts about states:

  • Ripley's Believe It or Not has dubbed Burlington's Snake Alley the most crooked street in the world.
  • Strawberry Point is the home of the world's largest strawberry.
  • The state's smallest city park is situated in the middle of the road in Hiteman.
  • Scranton is home to Iowa's oldest water tower still in service.
  • Dubuque is the state's oldest city.
  • Crystal Lake is home to a statue of the world's largest bullhead fish.
  • Rathbun Dam and Reservoir is the largest body of water in the state.
  • Spirit Lake is the largest glacier-made lake in the state.
  • West Okoboji is the deepest natural lake in the state. Its depth is 136 feet.
  • Imes Bridge is the oldest of Madison County's six bridges.

(Source: 50states.com)