This postcard hails from Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second largest city. The city was established in 1838 and originally named Columbus, however it was resurveyed in 1841 and renamed Cedar Rapids. The city’s name is derived from the rapids in the Cedar River that the city was founded upon. The Cedar River gets its name from the large Red Cedar trees that grow along its banks.

Today, Cedar Rapids proudly boasts that it’s one of the largest cities in the world for corn processing. This postcard was defaced by my friend, Julie, who often tells me about the city’s aroma. This is because Cedar Rapids is home to a Quaker Oats mill and a General Mills facility which means the city often smells like breakfast foods. Pro-tip: According to Julie Cap’n Crunch with Crunch Berries is occasionally made on Wednesdays.

Other Interesting Cedar Rapids Facts:

  • The largest newspaper repository in North America, Newspaperarchive, calls Cedar Rapids home.
  • Cedar Rapid’s slogan “The City of Five Seasons” was based on a Bible verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1 which reads “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

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The Facts:
Other Party: Julie O
Card Number: 0212
Average Color: 79858E
Date Sent: November 7, 2016
Date Received: Unavailable
Sender Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Receiver Location: Madison, WI
Distance Traveled: 138 Miles
Average Speed: Unavailable