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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.”

(Cached Card Cleaning 2 of 9)

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


Iowa is America’s largest producer of corn. According to the Iowa Corn website Iowa produces roughly three times as much corn as Mexico annually. You might be wondering just how much corn Iowa produces. Well in 2014 Iowa farmers produced about 2.4 billion bushels of corn on 13.2 million acres of land. The total amount of land devoted to farming in Iowa is 30.8 million acres which means about 43% of Iowa’s farm land is devoted to corn.

I will end this post with a corny corn joke.

Q: What did the corn say when he got complimented?
A: Aww, shucks!

The Facts:
Other Party: Julie O
Card Number: 0207
Average Color: 949C72
Date Sent: August 28, 2015
Date Received: September 3, 2015
Sender Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Receiver Location: Madison, WI
Distance Traveled: 138 Miles
Average Speed: 23 Miles Per Day

This postcard comes from Dubuque, Iowa, where I now commute for my new day job. Most cities I’ve looked into have a rich history. Dubuque is certainly no different. For this update I’ve decided to look into where the city’s name comes from.


The city of Dubuque gets its name from its first settler, Julien Dubuque, who arrived in 1785. He was given permission in 1788 by the Spanish government, the ruling body at that time, to mine the area’s lead deposits. Dubuque died in 1810, but the local minerals drew many settles allowing the city to prosper.

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0188
Average Color: 525859
Date Sent: June 2, 2014
Date Received: June 6, 2014
Sender Location: Dubuque, IA
Receiver Location: Ixonia, WI
Distance Traveled: 114 Miles
Average Speed: 29 Miles Per Day

Town Clock
The Town Clock in Dubuque, IA was built in 1873. A little know fact is that this is the second clock in Dubuque. This first town clock started ticking in November of 1864 and was said to be one of the most accurate in the United States. On May 25, 1872, people noticed cracks forming in the walls of the store building on which the original clock sat upon. Within minutes both the clock and the John Bell store collapsed, killing a child and two women who were inside the store at the time. And there you have it… that is the Town Clock in Dubuque.

Happy house warming Kristen!

The Facts:
Other Parties: Kristen W
Card Number: 0052
Average Color: 5D7997
Date Sent: November 14, 2011
Date Received:  November 17, 2011
Sender Location: Platteville, WI
Receiver Location: Schofield, WI
Distance Traveled: 156
Average Speed: 52 Miles Per Day