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5 Fun Facts About July 5 In Iowa History

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1. Birth of Iowa's Most Famous Baseball Player: On July 5, 1905, baseball legend "Cap" Anson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, which was quite a feat for a man born in Marshalltown, Iowa. Anson went on to play for the Chicago White Sox and lead them to two National League championships.

2. First Field Hospital Estabilished: During the Civil War, on July 5, 1862, the Union Army established its first field hospital in Iowa, at Keokuk. Over the course of the war, Iowa sent more than 76,000 troops to fight for the Union cause, and suffered more than 13,000 casualties.

3. First State Fair Held: The first Iowa State Fair was held on July 5, 1854, in Fairfield, Iowa. Today, the fair is a major event that attracts thousands of visitors and includes rides, games, livestock displays, and more.

4. Birth of Iowa's First Female Governor: On July 5, 1921, Leta Stetter Hollingworth was appointed to be Iowa's first female governor. While she only served for one day, she was a trailblazer for women in politics.

5. Creation of Silos as We Know Them: Silos became a common fixture across the American Midwest from the 1870s onwards. Silos in the traditional sense, were not manufactured in Iowa until the early 20th century when Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward produced "barns in a box" that farmers could order and assemble themselves.
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