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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 Will Maintain"
  • 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 Revolution (DOR). Mrs. Gebhardt was a member of the Iowa branch of the DOR.


Iowa Flag
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 conditioners.
  • 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 purpose.


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