Statehood: 28 Dec 1846
29th state of the United States
East: Illinois, Wisconsin (NE)
West: Nebraska, South Dakota (NW)
Capital and largest city: Des Moines
Map: Iowa, 1855 (click map to enlarge), Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division
Counties: Original counties as listed in the 1846 Iowa Constitution, Sect. 2: Appanoose, Benton, Blackhawk, Buchanan, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Kishkekosh, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Mahaska, Marion, Muscatine, Polk, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello, and Washington. Iowa County Creation Dates and Parent Counties. Counties in 2020: 99.
Institutions, Societies, and Government Websites
Annals of Iowa, State Historical Society of Iowa
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Collections, State Historical Society of Iowa
Iowa Manuscripts, Archive Grid
Iowa Manuscripts, Library of Congress
Manuscripts, Maps & Ephemera, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Collections, State Historical Society of Iowa
State of Iowa
History of Iowa from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Benjamin F. Gue, 1903.
Small Town Newspapers
(Scroll to Iowa)
Iowa Counties Historic Atlases, University of Iowa Library
Iowa Maps, Library of Congress
Iowa Landowner Maps, Library of Congress
Interactive Map of Iowa County Formation History, Maps of U.S.