Historic Northern Iowa
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 43° 26.714 W 093° 21.268
15T E 471317 N 4810320
Quick Description: Historical marker located at welcome center along I-35 in northern Iowa.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 8/7/2007 6:23:58 AM
Waymark Code: WM1Z4X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 63

Long Description:

Historic Northern Iowa

Northern Iowa landforms result from the action of 3 separate glacial ice sheets.  Clear lake, south of here, is one of the many Iowa lakes formed by glacial action.  Pilot Knob, a glacially formed hill west of here, is one of highest points in northern Iowa and was used as a landmark by early travellers.

Much of the Western two-thirds of Iowa was prairie when the first settlers arrived. Pioneers in this area travelled  through grasses 5 to 7 feet tall.  Many of them referred to this experience as "a voyage through an ocean of grass."  A remnant of this prairie may be seen at the Hayden Preserve near Lime Springs, about 50 miles east of here.

One noteworthy Iowan, born in Cresco in 1914, is Norman Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize and many other international awards for his work in increasing world wheat production.  Another northern Iowan of note is Hamlin Garland (1860-1940), acclaimed for his novels of late 19th century farm life.  Garland wrote over 30 novels, including a Pulitzer Prize winner, A Daughter of the Middle Border. ~ text of the marker

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