11 Historic Photos That Show Us What It Was Like Living In Iowa In The Early 1900s

Iowa achieved statehood in 1846, becoming the 29th state in the Union. By the time 1900 rolled around, Iowa’s population had boomed to over 2.2 million, spurred along by thousands of immigrants drawn to Iowa’s fertile soil and rich coal veins and rolling in on the great iron horse. 

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Life has changed incredibly since 1900, but many things are still the same. Iowans have learned much from our ancestors: hard work, industriousness, the value of a good education, and a commitment to stewarding the land. We love our families, we work hard, and we have a beautiful state to recreate in! If you love historic photos like these, here are a few more.