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Iowa History Timeline

1600s - 1700s
  • (1673) French explorers, Jolliet and Marquette explored the area for the King of France
  • (1682) LaSalle explored Mississippi River, claimed the river and land for King of France
  • (1762) King of France transferred claim to the land to the King of Spain during Seven Years' War
  • (1788) Julien Dubuque became first white settler in Iowa
1800s
  • (1800) Spain transferred land back to France during Napoleonic Wars in Europe
  • (1803) United States acquired Iowa in Louisiana Purchase
  • (1804) Lewis and Clark expedition arrived; only death on the expedition occurred
  • (1808) U.S. Army built Fort Madison
  • (1811) New Madrid fault caused earthquakes in central Iowa
  • (1813) Troops abandoned and burned Fort Madison
  • (1820) Missouri Compromise made Iowa non-slave territory
  • (1832) Black Hawk War ended; Sauk tribe forced to cede land west of Mississippi River
  • (1833) Iowa Territory opened for settlement
  • (1834) Patrick O'Connor first person hung in Iowa
  • (1846) Nearly 20,000 Mormons crossed Iowa; Iowa admitted to Union as 29th state
  • (1847) Dutch immigrants arrived at Pella
  • (1856) First train from Chicago arrived Iowa City; band of Sioux indians massacred settlers at Spirit Lake
  • (1857) State capital moved to Des Moines from Iowa City
  • (1858) First legislative session held in Des Moines
  • (1867) Grasshopper invasion occurred, crops damaged; first railroad completed through Iowa
  • (1890) Huge meteor struck ground 11 miles northwest of Forest City
  • (1893) Pomeroy tornado struck Calhoun County, destroyed 80% of homes, killed 71 and injured 200
1900s
  • (1901) Record temperature of 113 degrees set in Sigourney
  • (1907) Last lynching occurred
  • (1909) Earthquake felt in eastern Iowa
  • (1912) Record low temperature of -47 degrees set in Washta
  • (1913) Keokuk Dam completed; Martin Block Coal Co. produced largest single piece of coal - 2,445 pounds
  • (1916) Prohobition closed Iowa breweries
  • (1920) Devil's Backbone designated Iowa's first state park
  • (1928) Herbert Hoover elected president of U.S.
  • (1935) First Heisman Trophy presented to Iowan, Jay Berwanger
  • (1940) Henry Agard Wallace elected vice president of U.S.
  • (1942) Five Sullivan brothers killed in World War II
  • (1949) Effigy Mounds National Monument designated
  • (1954) Governor William S. Beardsley killed in automobile accident
  • (1965) Herbert Hoover National Historic Site established
  • (1983) Last Maytag wringer washer produced
  • (1991) Riverboat gambling legalized
  • (1993) Flooding caused more than $2 billion in damages
  • (1998) Derecho in Washington, Iowa caused wind gusts of 123 mph
  • (1999) New state slogan "Fields of Opportunites" selected
2000s
  • (2001) Amtrak train derailment killed one, 90 injured
  • (2002) Six people, including four mail carriers, injured when mailbox bombs detonated
  • (2006) Nine Egyptian students who went missing were found and arrested in Des Moines
  • (2010) Lake Delhi Dam failed due to massive rain, forced residents to flee homes
  • (2012) China's next leader, Xi Jinping, visited home in Muscatine where he had been two decades ago

Iowa Photographs


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Iowa Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Greenfield Adair 641
Corning Adams 641
Waukon Allamakee 563
Centerville Appanoose 641
Audubon Audubon 712
Vinton Benton 319
Waterloo Black Hawk 319
Boone Boone 515
Waverly Bremer 319
Independence Buchanan 319
Storm Lake Buena Vista 712
Parkersburg Butler 319
Manson Calhoun 712
Carroll Carroll 712
Atlantic Cass 712
Tipton Cedar 563
Mason City Cerro Gordo 641
Cherokee Cherokee 712
New Hampton Chickasaw 641
Osceola Clarke 641
Spencer Clay 712
Guttenberg Clayton 563
Clinton Clinton 563
Denison Crawford 712
Waukee Dallas 515
Bloomfield Davis 641
Lamoni Decatur 641
Manchester Delaware 563
Burlington Des Moines 319
Spirit Lake Dickinson 712
Dubuque Dubuque 563
Estherville Emmet 712
Oelwein Fayette 319
Charles City Floyd 641
Hampton Franklin 641
Sidney Fremont 712
Jefferson Greene 515
Grundy Center Grundy 319
Panora Guthrie 641
Webster City Hamilton 515
Garner Hancock 641
Iowa Falls Hardin 641
Missouri Valley Harrison 712
Mount Pleasant Henry 319
Cresco Howard 563
Humboldt Humboldt 515
Ida Grove Ida 712
Williamsburg Iowa 319
Maquoketa Jackson 563
Newton Jasper 641
Fairfield Jefferson 641
Iowa City Johnson 319
Anamosa Jones 319
Sigourney Keokuk 641
Algona Kossuth 515
Fort Madison Lee 319
Cedar Rapids Linn 319
Wapello Louisa 319
Chariton Lucas 641
Rock Rapids Lyon 712
Winterset Madison 515
Oskaloosa Mahaska 641
Pella Marion 641
Marshalltown Marshall 641
Glenwood Mills 712
Osage Mitchell 641
Onawa Monona 712
Albia Monroe 641
Red Oak Montgomery 712
Muscatine Muscatine 563
Sheldon Obrien 712
Sibley Osceola 712
Clarinda Page 712
Emmetsburg Palo Alto 712
Le Mars Plymouth 712
Pocahontas Pocahontas 712
Des Moines Polk 515
Council Bluffs Pottawattamie 712
Grinnell Poweshiek 641
Mount Ayr Ringgold 641
Sac City Sac 712
Davenport Scott 563
Harlan Shelby 712
Sioux Center Sioux 712
Ames Story 515
Tama Tama 641
Bedford Taylor 712
Creston Union 641
Keosauqua Van Buren 319
Ottumwa Wapello 641
Indianola Warren 515
Washington Washington 319
Corydon Wayne 641
Fort Dodge Webster 515
Forest City Winnebago 641
Decorah Winneshiek 563
Sioux City Woodbury 712
Northwood Worth 641
Eagle Grove Wright 515
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.