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5 Fun Facts About September 6 In Iowa History

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1. In 1847, Iowa City became the first capital of the state of Iowa. Before that, the capital had been in several locations including Burlington, Iowa, and the territorial capital of Belmont, Wisconsin.

2. On September 6, 1860, the newly completed Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines was opened to the public. The building was the result of years of planning and construction, and its prominent dome still stands as a symbol of Iowa's civic pride.

3. In 1883, the first electric streetcar system in Iowa was inaugurated in the city of Des Moines. The system connected downtown with surrounding suburbs and was powered by overhead wires suspended from poles along the route.

4. On September 6, 1929, the first public radio broadcast in Iowa was made from the studios of WOI radio in Ames. The station, which was initially funded by Iowa State University, went on to become a major regional broadcaster serving much of the state.

5. In 1950, Ray Kinsella, the founder of the Field of Dreams baseball field in Dyersville, Iowa was born. The field gained national attention after it was featured in the 1989 Kevin Costner film, "Field of Dreams," and has since become a popular tourist destination for baseball fans from around the world.
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