Iowa prairie ca 1850

Lots of my ancestors arrived on the Iowa prairie before and after it became a state in 1846. A lot more were born the state. For the early arrivals and native American Indians Iowa was prairie. The yellow areas on this map of Iowa- 1830-50 are prairie, nothing but prairie. Green areas are woodland. See the map and the Remnant Prairie article here.

Iowa map 1830-50 showing prairie
Maps by INHF, at Inhf.org.

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa there’s a tiny restored prairie. Millions of things are living and growing there.