Come to Iowa

Letters and publicity campaigns in the early 1800s made people in the eastern United States curious about Iowa.


Transcript

The word traveled fast back to the East. Their letters to friends and relatives were courageous and challenging and so were the publicity campaigns calling settlers to the frontier.

Come to Iowa, where the rich black soil awaits your plow.

There is no dust in the hay and the horses that eat it never have the heaves.

Useless drones, vagabonds and thieves will never be found in this area.

One of the finest watered states in the Union.

The ferry awaits you; the soil is untouched by the sites. Come to Iowa, where God’s sun shines down us all and you will be happier than you have ever been, ever in your…


“The Prairie Pioneers,” The Iowa Heritage: Program # 4, Iowa Public Television, 1977.