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5 Fun Facts About January 29 In Iowa History

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1. The Iowa State Fair was established on January 29, 1854. It is one of the oldest and largest state fairs in the United States, attracting more than a million visitors each year.

2. On January 29, 1917, the World War I military training camp, Camp Dodge, was established near Des Moines. It was named after General Grenville M. Dodge, a Union army officer in the American Civil War.

3. In 1936, the first paved road across Iowa was completed on January 29. The road, known as U.S. Route 30, stretches from the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa to the Missouri River in western Iowa.

4. On January 29, 1947, the deadliest tornado in Iowa's history struck the town of Woodward. The tornado killed 18 people and injured more than 100 others. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak that affected several states in the Midwest.

5. In 2001, on January 29, former Iowa Governor Harold Hughes passed away. Hughes served as governor from 1963 to 1969 and later served as a United States Senator from Iowa. He was known for his progressive policies on civil rights, education, and the environment.
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