These 27 Rare Photos Show Iowa’s Farming History Like Never Before
“There’s nothing in Iowa but corn.” Yeah, we’ve heard it. If you live in Iowa and have out-of-state friends, you’ve heard it too. We hear plenty of corny jokes (like that one), but anyone who lives here knows that there is far more to do in Iowa than wander through cornfields (although an evening walk through the countryside is both beautiful and relaxing).
Iowa is way more than just cornfields, and while we can’t deny that there certainly are a lot of them, we’re proud of our farming history! Agriculture is an extremely important part – if not the most important part – of our nation’s history, and Iowa has been at the heart of this enormous industry since day one. We rounded up some amazing old photos of life on the farm because we think it’s important to look back on where we come from and how much we’ve grown. Farming isn’t for the weak, so let’s celebrate our strength!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
Hats off to our farmers! Whether or not you are in the business, we have farmers to thank for both the food on our plates and the rich culture we enjoy in our beautiful state to this day!
Meg Archer is a Portland, Oregon-based Editor & Social Media Manager with degrees in English/Creative Writing from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and Social Psychology from Portland State University. She has held positions in writing, editing, and media-related fields for over 10 years, including serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Cal Poly’s literary journal Byzantium and copywriting for advertising/marketing agencies before joining Only In You State team in 2015. When she’s not writing or out exploring the West Coast, Meg enjoys working on visual media projects, speaking as a mental health advocate, and can always be found in the front row at Portland Timbers matches.
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