Did you know ...On February 4, 1913, Oskaloosa received the first automobile fire truck to be used in the State of Iowa. Des Moines had one ordered at the same time, but Oskaloosa's truck was delivered first. (W.P.A. Survey, c.1938)
Did you know ... Readers of craftbeer.com voted the Cellar Peanut Pub in Oskaloosa the best beer bar in Iowa for 2016.
Did you know ... The first college in Oskaloosa was named "Oskaloosa College?" It was moved to Des Moines and renamed "Drake College."
Did you know ... In fiscal year 2014, the cost of making a penny again exceeded its spendable costing 1.7 cents per penny. That is down from 2011 when it cost 2.41 cents for each coin. (Source: Wall Street Journal). In fact, according to CashMoneyLife, the penny is being phased out. Live chatting with usmint.gov disputes this, however.
Did you know ... In 1955 Play-Doh was introduced in schools after 20 years of being sold as a nontoxic wallpaper cleaner. (Women's Word Magazine, September 2010 edition)
Did you know ... The state's wine industry contributed $234 million to Iowa's economy in 2008, the Iowa Wine Growers Association said following an economic study completed by MFK Research of St. Helena, CA. In 2009, Iowa wineries sold 212,891 gallons of wine, representing 5.5% market share of wine purchased in Iowa, up from 5.25% in 2008. Visit www.iowawinegrowers.org.
Did you know ... According to www.2010census.gov, the participation rate for the State of Iowa in 2000 was only 79%. However, that's higher than the national participation rate of 72%. Maybe there's a reason there is such a marketing push for 2010 census participation.
Did you know ... 28.9% of the USA's population lives in the Central Time Zone.
Pacific: 16.4%; Mountain: 6.6%; Eastern: 47.5%; Alaskan: 0.2%; Hawaiian: 0.4%
(Source: USA Today and Census Bureau Data)
Did you know ... On May 21, 1934, Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first city in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens. (www.datesinhistory.com and www.on-this-day.com)
Heard on the Food Network: "Iowa has the most competitive State Fair with each contestant submitting an average of 50 entries." (The Food Network, "The Secret Life Of... Cooking Contests")