Iowa prairie ca 1850

My ancestors arrived on the Iowa prairie before and after it became a state in 1846. 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

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