7 Horrifying Iowa Stories You Didn’t Learn About In History Class

Iowa’s schools are pretty good, and they cover much of the history of our great state. Chances are, you heard the story of how Julien Dubuque founded the first settlement in Iowa with help from the King of Spain and neighboring Natives, and you might be familiar with Iowan abolitionists bringing the Underground Railroad through the state to assist runaway slaves.Unfortunately, not all of Iowa history is full of happy endings – here are a few of the darker stories of our state’s past that tend to get buried beneath the highlights.

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