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1. Five Iowa counties begin with the letter A, but only one is also a presidential name--two presidents, in fact. Corning is the county seat. Which of these is it?
2. Seven Iowa counties begin with the letter B. One is named after a heroic leader of his people who fought a war against the United States. The county seat is Waterloo. Which county is it?
3. An even dozen Iowa counties begin with the letter C. One in particular was named for a slave-holder who was also Vice President of the United States. The county seat is Rockwell City, and it had previously been named Fox County, for a Native American tribe. Can you pick the vice-presidential name?
4. Seven Iowa counties begin with the letter D. Although three Iowa counties share the names of states, this is the only one specifically named for another state. In this case it was the state whose senator advocated Iowa for statehood. Can you figure out this county's name?
5. Well, only one Iowa county begins with the letter E. Bordering on Minnesota, this county's seat is Estherville. It is named after an Irish patriot and revolutionary who was executed for leading an uprising against the British in 1803. If you know the names of any famous clowns, you might be able to choose the only one of the following names which is also an Iowa county.
6. Only four Iowa counties begin with F. The next county, whose seat is at Charles City, was named for an individual whom Iowans hold dear. He was the only member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to die on the journey, and he died and was buried in Iowa. Do you know this man who has an obelisk monument on the edge of Sioux City and the county named for him?
7. Three Iowa counties begin with G. Of them, one is named for an outstanding general in the Revolution who earned the nicknames of "The Savior of the South" and "The Fighting Quaker." He forced Cornwallis to leave the Carolinas and head for Virginia, where he finally surrendered. Jefferson is the county seat of what county? (People may envy you if you get this one right.)
8. Seven Iowa counties begin with the letter H. One is named after a President, and one after a signer of the Declaration of Independence. But the one I'm asking for now was named for a famous Prussian geographer, naturalist, and explorer. Which of these is it, whose county seat is Dakota City?
9. Only two Iowa counties begin with the letter I. Which one is named after a mountain in Greece?
10. Five Iowa counties begin with J. Two are named directly after presidents, while a third shares the name of two presidents but is named for neither. Rather, he is named for the ninth VICE President of the United States, who served under Martin Van Buren. Iowa City is the county seat. Can you pick it out?
11. Only two Iowa counties begin with the letter K. One of them, with an area of 973 square miles, is the largest. Its county seat is Algona, and it was named for a Hungarian patriot who struggled for the rights of his people within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Which county is it?
12. Five Iowa counties begin with the letter L. This county is unique in that it is Iowa's southernmost county, the only one that has land extending south of the rest of the Iowa-Missouri state line, but it has TWO county seats. Can you identify the county whose seats are Keokuk AND Fort Madison?
13. Of the ten counties beginning with "M", which is named for America's first outstanding Chief Justice, a man who has been called "the Man who Made the Court Supreme"?
14. Iowa has no counties beginning with N, but does have some ENDING in N. This question is not for the birds. Can you identify which county is named for a famous American painter who was actually born in Haiti?
15. Iowa has two counties beginning with O. Which one was named for the great Seminole chief who refused to sign a treaty with the United States?
16. When I was a youngster and was on the road with friends, either going somewhere socially or on a school bus, for example, we had a little game we played with this county, since license plates in Iowa had the name of the county issuing each plate on it. The first person to see this plate would shout out the name and then had the "right" to punch someone in the shoulder. Which county, which also contained Iowa's capital, was it?
17. Iowa has no counties that begin with Q, but does have one with a Q in the name. This county, with a county seat of the same name, was named for the first permanent settler in Iowa, a Frenchman whose first name was Julien. He mined lead in the area and the Spanish granted him a land grant to do so. The county sits across the Mississippi River from Wisconsin and Illinois. Which of the following is it?
18. Mount Ayr is the seat of the only Iowa county whose name begins with the letter R. Lying on the Missouri state line, it is one of four Iowa counties with a name not shared by any other U.S. county. Named for the hero of the Battle of Palo Alto in the Mexican War, this county's name is reminiscent of a Wagnerian opera. Can you guess it?
19. S is the first letter in the names of five Iowa counties. One of them, with its seat at Davenport, is named after a famous American general whose nickname was "Old Fuss and Feathers." During his 53 years of military service, he was also nominated at one time for President of the United States. What county is it?
20. Two counties in Iowa begin with T, one of which is named for the twelfth President of the United States. Bedford is the county seat. Can you name this county that borders Missouri?
21. Creston is the seat of the only county in Iowa beginning with U, and the county is named for the very nature of the USA. Which of these names would that be?
22. Only one Iowa county begins with the letter V. Keosauqua is the county seat. Which name of Dutch origin is it?
23. We could have had two questions for counties beginning with the letter W, because Iowa has ten of them. Clarion is the county seat of a county which our sources say was named after TWO men. These brothers were governors of New York and Indiana. Which of the following do you suppose is the correct answers?
24. No Iowa county name begins with the letter X, but one does have X in its name. Nine Iowa counties are named for Native American tribes and eight for famous Native chiefs or leaders. Which of the following Native American tribes is also the name of an Iowa county?
25. Iowa has no counties beginning with either Y or Z, so we will choose our final question from some of Iowa's counties that have a Y in their names. Which of these counties, whose county seat is Corydon, is named for a famous Revolutionary War general with a "Mad" nickname?
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