1. Where did some of the largest meteorites strike?
On May 10, 1879, about one mile outside of the town of Estherville 3 large meteorites were recovered weighing 431, 152 and 101 pounds respectively. The largest one was purchased by Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and is believed to be the largest one ever to strike North America. The other larger pieces were sold off to other museums. However, there were many fragments and the Estherville Public Library still has a few scraps on display.
2. What Iowa town is known as the Community of Flags?
Brooklyn, Iowa. What started as an avenue of flags to welcome RAGBRAI riders to Brooklyn in 1991 has become a unique location. With 50 state flags flying at 25 feet, the US Flag flying at 80 feet and 5 other flags featuring the countries of foreign exchange students or dignitaries in town it is quite a sight to be seen.
3. What is the only National Monument in Iowa?
Effigy Mounds north of Marquette and South of Harpers Ferry has over 4 square miles of Native American history with around 200 mounds built by Native Americans, with some dating back to 450 BCE. Many of the mounds are shaped like animals such as bears and birds. You can learn more about the mounds at the visitor center, take a hike on the trail system on your own or with a ranger who will point out and explain what you are looking at.