Iowa's state flag is a vertical
tricolor design consisting of blue, white, red stripes. The
white center-band is twice the width of the other two and
contains a bald eagle holding a ribbon that contains the
words of the state motto (see below). The word 'Iowa', in
red, is placed below the ribbon.
MOTTO: "Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We
ENTERED UNION: Dec. 28, 1846
FLAG ADOPTED: 1921
COMMENTS: The county seat of Marion County,
Knoxville, Iowa, is known as the "Birthplace of the
Iowa Flag". Knoxville is also known as the 'Sprint Car
Capital of the World".
The flag was first approved in May
1917, and later officially adopted in 1921 by the Iowa State
Council for Defense. It was designed in 1917, by Knoxville,
Iowa, resident Mrs. Dixie Cornell Gebhardt. Like many other
state flags, the creation and/or design of the Iowa flag can
be directly contributed to the Daughters of the American
Mrs. Gebhardt was a member of the Iowa branch of the DOR.
State Flag, Iowa
- The largest popcorn ball ever
made weighed 3,423 lb. and was made by employees at The
Popcorn Factory, Lake Forest, Illinois (2006 est.).
- The Amana Colonies, established
in 1855 by people of German heritage who belonged to a
religious group called the Community of True
Inspiration, strived to achieve an ideal society that
promoted equality, humility, and a simple way of life.
In 1931 the community formed a corporation that became
famous for making refrigerators, freezers, and air
- Iowa ranks as the nation's
second largest (2015 est.) agricultural producer after
California, which has almost three times its area.
- In the 1880s Iowa's topsoil was
as much as five feet deep. Today, decades of farming
have reduced it to an average depth of two feet.
- Iowa's nickname comes from
Chief Black Hawk, a Sauk Indian chief who started what
became known as the Black Hawk War in 1832.
- The town of Fort Atkinson was
built to protect one Indian tribe from another. It is
the only fort ever built by the U.S. government for this