Iowa State Symbols

Iowa State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Iowa Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Iowa is often called "Food Capital of the World"because of its extensive agricultural history. Today, Iowa has a diversified economy that includes manufacturing, financial services, and biotechnology. Tourist attractions include US President Herbert Hoover's birthplace and library; and, Effigy Mounds, a prehistoric Native American burial site.

Although Iowa is sometimes called the "Corn State," Iowa really is a breadbasket for the US, with 90 percent of its land devoted to farming. The main products are corn and hogs. Iowa is named for the Iowa River, which was named for the Iowa, or Ioway, Indians, Iowa joined the Union in 1846 as the 29th state. The wild prairie rose (Rosa Pratincola) is Iowa state flower and the capital is Des Moines.

Iowa State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Iowa state facts such as Iowa state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Iowa, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

Iowa State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Bird Eastern Goldfinch
(Carduelis tristis)
Fish Channel catfish
(Ictalurus punctatus)
Flag State Flag
Flower Wild Prairie Rose
(Rosa Pratincola
Language English
Motto "Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain"
Nicknames "Hawkeye State"
Quarter Iowa State Quarter
Rock Geode
Seal Great Seal
Song "Song of Iowa"
Tree Oak
(Fagaceae Quercus species)
Song "Iowa Corn Song"
US State Symbols
State symbols represent things that are special to a particular state.