Rich in culture, Iowa is a state of many middles: Iowa resides in the middle of the country; it joined the Union in 1846, becoming the twenty-ninth state; it is the twenty-fifth largest state in the Union; and it has a median population. Early geologic activity provided Iowa with rich farmland and diverse geographic areas. While the area that became Iowa was once home to numerous Native American tribes, the rich farmland attracted white settlers throughout the nineteenth century, forcing Native Americans off their land and in the process destroying much of the natural woodland and prairie that first attracted settlers to the area. In recent decades efforts to return a portion of Iowa's prairie to its natural state have taken place. Conservation of woodlands, rivers, and small towns throughout Iowa has helped to return Iowa to its original beauty. The government and history of Iowa are similar to that of other mid-west states, differing only in the dates when it became a territory and when it became a state. The author provides numerous facts about Iowa. The book makes a suitable basic reference for any project about the state. This title is part of the "It's My State" series.