What makes Iowa stand apart from the rest of the Midwest. Tom Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni and Mike Draper of Raygun, the Des Moines-based satirical t-shirt company, sit down with host Charity Nebbe to discuss Iowa unique.
Ever since the first person set eyes on the Mississippi River, the power of the river has helped to build and destroy settlements and cities. It has served as a source of life and food and a highway from north to south. It has also gripped imaginations, launched amazing journeys, and inspired music, art and literature. Paul Schneider is one of the most recent writers to fall under the thrall of the Mississippi. His latest book is “Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History.”
A caravan celebrating America’s first cross-country highway will be passing through Iowa soon, with an overnight stop in Ames.
The Lincoln Highway is 100 years old, and several hundred motorists will be converging on the Midwest in two groups: one from New York City and one from San Francisco. For 460 miles, the Lincoln cuts through the center of Iowa. Today, it is a Heritage Byway; much of it is now Highway-30, but some of the earliest sections remain charming, two-lane roads.
John Mazzello is Byway Coordinator with Prairie Rivers of Iowa.