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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

Sutliff Bridge

The massive iron bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was constructed in 1898 at the crossing of Sutliff'

Sutliff, IA Historic Bridges

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

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

Rathbun Lake Fishing Info.

The information below is provided by the Corps. of Engineers - thanks for the great information. Fishing Rathbun Lake is an 11,000

, IA Fishing

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

Bentonsport Iron Truss Bridge

Originally opened in 1883 to horse and buggy traffic, this one lane iron bridge replaced ferries that linked Vernon and Bentonsport. It is the oldest standing truss bridge across the Des Moines River and also the longest. Damaged in the flood of 1903

Bentonsport, IA Historic Bridges

Donnellson Depot Museum

The old depot in Donnellson is open during Apple Daze or by special arrangements with City Hall. Contains Donnellson historical items. Donnellson historical or genealogical information can be found at the Library, at 319-835-5545

Donnellson, IA Railroad History

Carnegie Cultural Center

Temporary and Permanent exhibits fill this old Carnegie Library building. Permanent exhibits include the Natvig Brothers Circus, life under the big top in models to scale; Billy J's Clown Circus, clown models on parade; Toy Town

New Hampton, IA Museums

Presbyterian Church

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

Bentonsport, IA Historic Churches

Bremer County Historical Society Museum

The Bremer County Historical Society Museum building was built in 1862 as the first large hotel and stagecoach stop in the area and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It now houses pioneer and other artifacts from Bremer County. Visit us on Facebook:

Waverly, IA Museums

Bloomsbury Farm

When you and your family visit Bloomsbury Farm, you will experience a fun-filled day full of outdoor adventure and learning! Bloomsbury Farm is located 4

Atkins, IA Farm Life