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Ratification or Admission:  December 28, 1846 (29th)
Present Constitution Adopted:  1857
State Abbreviation:  IA
State Capital:  Des Moines
Largest City - Population:  Des Moines
Origin of the Name:  An Indian word translated as “one who puts to sleep” or alternatively, “beautiful land”
State Motto:  “Our Liberties We Prize, and Our Rights We Will Maintain”
State Nickname:  Hawkeye State
State Song:  “The Song of Iowa” | Lyrics: S.H.M. Byers | Music: Folk Tune
State Animal:  None
State Bird:  Eastern Goldfinch aka American Goldfinch
State Fish:  Channel catfish
State Flower:  Wild Prairie Rose
State Fruit:  None
State Gemstone:  None
State Insect:  None
State Mineral:  None
State Tree:  Oak
State Flag:  On the white center stripe is an eagle carrying in its beak blue streamers inscribed with the Iowa state motto: “Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain.” The word IOWA is in red below the streamers.


cattle, corn, hay, soybeans.

clay, gypsum, limestone, sand, shale.

chemicals, electronics, food procession machinery, metal, printing, rubber.

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