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How big is the Iowa farm state?

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May 13, 2012 5:35PM

owa is known for famous people from the state. Visit the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, in West Branch. Henry A. Wallace, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Vice President, was from Iowa. Carrie Chapman, a leader in the movement to get women the right to vote, was also from the state. Iowa's rural land and people have been seen worldwide in the paintings of Grant Wood, a renowned artist. Iowa was named after the Iowa River. It is an Indian word meaning "one who puts to sleep" or "beautiful land." The state's nickname is the "Hawkeye State," after Chief Black Hawk, leader of an Indian tribe

who was relocated to Iowa after their attempt to resist white settlement failed. The abbreviation for Iowa is IA.Iowa is a West North Central state bordered by Minnesota to the north, Wisconsin and Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, and South Dakota and Nebraska to the west.

Located between the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the state's landscape includes wooded hills, river valleys, and prairies. Waterloo and Davenport are eastern cities with agricultural industries that mark the beginning of the transition between the industrialized East and the less industrial West. Iowa is known for having some of the world's most fertile soil.