Ten things Lynne Cheney wants you to know about Iowa:
- The Roseman Covered Bridge, near Winterset, was featured in the novel and movie The Bridges of Madison County and is one of five covered bridges in the county
- Thirty-first president Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch in 1874
- Iowa's state captiol building has one gold and four copper domes
- Prehistoric people began building the mounds in Effigy Mounds National Monument more than 1,400 years ago
- The state flower is the wild rose
- Born in Mason City, Meredith Willson modeled River City, the town in his musical The Music Man, after his hometown
- There are about five hogs for every person in Iowa
- When asked why he had returned to his home state of Iowa, painter Grant Wood said, "I realized that all the really good ideas I'd ever had came to me while I was milking a cow."
- Black Hawk, a Sauk warrior, resisted U.S. government efforts to drive the Sauk and Mesquakie Indians from their lands
- Beginning in 1846, Mormons gathered at what is now called Council Bluffs before starting for Utah, where they sought freedom to worship as they chose
I took all of these facts from Lynne Cheney's new book, Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America, which was released today.