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Iowa Regional Map Southeast Iowa South Central Iowa South Central Iowa Southwest Iowa East Iowa East Central Iowa Central Iowa West Central Iowa Northeast Iowa North Central Iowa North Central Iowa Northwest Iowa Northwest Iowa Northeast Iowa West Central Iowa Central Iowa East Central Iowa East Iowa Southwest Iowa Southeast Iowa The word "Iowa" comes from the American Indian tribe of the same name. Iowa was part of the Louisiana Purchase, a deal arranged between President Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon Bonaparte of France that brought a vast tract of the continent under the control of the United States. The area was closed to white settlement until the early 1830s.

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum affords visitors many insights into the life and leadership of America's 31st president. Located in West Branch, the site includes Hoover's birthplace cottage and final resting place. A blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, Friends meeting house, replica of the Oval Office, and changing American history exhibits are also part of the library and museum operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Visitor Center is operated by the National Park Service. www.hoover.archives.gov

Effigy Mounds National Monument is a group of prehistoric American Indian burial and ceremonial mounds located near Marquette in northeast Iowa. The mounds - shaped like birds and animals between 500 B.C. and 1300 A.D. - form the sacred centerpiece of a 2,526-acre forest along the Mississippi River bluffs. Natural resources include 11 miles of hiking trails, tallgrass prairie and wetlands.
www.nps.gov/efmo

The Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area is a federally designated, 37-county region in northeast Iowa, where visitors experience the past and present of Iowa agriculture through a network of sites. One of only 27 National Heritage Areas in the United States, Silos and Smokestacks tells the story of American agriculture, agribusiness and farm life. It is affiliated with the National Park Service. www.silosandsmokestacks.org

Explore Iowa

Bentonsport National Historic District

Visit this 1840s river town with its century-old iron bridge and walkway. Stroll through a perennial/rose garden, and watch as local artisans create their products. Historic buildings house shops featuring antiques, art, handmade crafts, gifts, and fudge. Riverside park, campground, B&

Bentonsport, IA Historic Districts

Presbyterian Church

The Bentonsport Presbyterian Church, constructed of brick and Georgian in style, was dedicated in 1855

Bentonsport, IA Historic Churches

The Rock Island Depot

The "Rock Island" Depot in Clarion was built in 1898 and restored in 1984, after it had fallen into disrepair. Originally built for the Burlington Cedar Rapids &

Clarion, IA Historic Depots

Kathy's Pumpkin Patch

Visit our working farm just one mile east of Donnellson, Iowa, where we feature over 175

Donnellson, IA Mazes

Bentonsport Indian Artifact Museum

Artisan, Tony Sanders, has achieved a unique blend of woodworking and history with his collection of over 4,000 arrowheads. All of the woodwork from the building to the display cases are built by hand from over 16 different native woods and shaped into various patterns. For about 60

Bentonsport, IA Museums

Heartland Museum

Heartland Museum houses area treasures, the Wright County historical library, opera house meeting room, and a walk down Clarion streets from the 1900s to present. A favorite exhibit features many hats and memorabilia from Alvina Sellers, the Iowa Hat Lady, with 302 of Alvina's 6,000+ Hats

Clarion, IA Museums

Kellogg Historical Museum

The Kellogg Historical Museum complex includes agricultural building, factory/bank, original one-room schoolhouse, country church, machine shed and blacksmith shop, along with two-story museum building, the former Simpson Hotel, constructed in 1909

Kellogg, IA Museums

Reed/Niland Corner Historic Hotel/Cafe

Travel the Lincoln or Jefferson Highway to the "one-stop" destination of many travelers during the 1940's. The Reed/

Colo, IA Historic Buildings

Allsup's Pumpkinville and Corn Maze

Pumpkinville is one of the best Fall outings you will find in Central Iowa. We have lots of groups and individuals come visit our fifth generation family farm. Both the young and old find something to have fun doing. Create your own traditions and family memories that last a lifetime.

Mitchellville, IA Mazes

4-H Schoolhouse Museum

Tour the furnished 1907 country schoolhouse honoring the birthplace nationally recognized 4-H four-leaf clover emblem. The former Lake Township #6 rural schoolhouse houses 4-H memorabilia, past 4-H uniforms, and other county history. The birthplace of the 4

Clarion, IA Historic Schoolhouses

Greef General Store

The Greef General Store was built of brick and stone in the early 1840's, it was once the largest store in the county, and housed the Greef brothers' banking operations.

Bentonsport, IA Historic Buildings

The Historic Englert Theatre

The Englert Theatre opened in downtown Iowa City on September 26, 1912

Iowa City, IA HistoricTheatres