Iowa Leg Of 2010 Tour


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iWARRIORWALK USA TOUR – STOP #21

WALKED ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 5 1/4 hours on the campus of Iowa State University and in the surrounding area.

Highlights of the Iowa leg of the tour:

  • The Weather. Once again, the weather held up for me.  It was a teeny bit chilly (around 60 degrees) for most of the morning, but it did not rain.  A little drizzle, but no major rain.
  • Walking into some of the buildings was interesting.  The Animal Science building, the Entomology Building and the Forensics buildings were interesting.  Lots of science going on here.
  • I was interviewed by WCCO Radio from Minneapolis over the telephone in advance of my trip to Minnesota tomorrow.  (I do not yet have a copy of this interview – It will be posted if I am able to obtain one).
  • The football stadium was open, so I was able to walk inside and check it out.
  • The campus was large and spread out, so I was able to occupy the 5 hours without have to retrace my steps very  much.

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to
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Here are pictures from my walk.

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Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Iowa:

  • Iowa is often referred to as the “American Heartland.” It derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the many Native American tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration.
  • Iowa was a part of the French colony of New France. After the Louisiana Purchase, settlers laid the foundation for an agriculture-based economy in the heart of the Corn Belt.
  • Iowa is often known as the “Food Capital of the World”, however Iowa’s economy, culture, and landscape are diverse. In the mid and late 20th century, Iowa’s agricultural economy transitioned to a diversified economy of advanced manufacturing, processing, financial services, biotechnology, and green energy production.
  • Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states in which to live.
  • Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east; the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west; the northern boundary is a line along 43 degrees, 30 minutes north latitude. The southern border is the Des Moines River and a line along approximately 40 degrees 35 minutes north, as decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Missouri v. Iowa after a standoff between Missouri and Iowa known as the Honey War.

    Next stop, Twin Cities, Minnesota – The University of Minnesota.