Below are five interesting facts about April 25 in Iowa history:
1. In 1903, the first train passed over the newly-built High Bridge, a steel bridge over the Des Moines River near Mitchellville. The bridge was 2,800 feet long and 185 feet above the water, making it the highest and longest bridge west of the Mississippi River at the time.
2. On April 25, 1917, the Iowa General Assembly voted to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Iowa was the tenth state to ratify the amendment.
3. In 1933, the first plane landing strip was opened in Des Moines, located in the northwestern part of the city. The strip was named Kinsey Field after Captain Jack Kinsey, who was killed in World War I.
4. On April 25, 1950, a major tornado outbreak swept across Iowa, with at least 12 tornadoes reported in various parts of the state. The largest and deadliest tornado touched down near Corning, killing three people and causing extensive damage.
5. In Cedar Rapids on April 25, 2008, a major flood reached its crest, with the Cedar River reaching a record height of 31.12 feet, more than 19 feet above flood stage. The flood caused widespread damage and displacement, with an estimated cost of over $5.4 billion.
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