Iowa As It Was Then

It was a beautiful day in  Iowa and so I grabbed my camera and tried to capture a few images of the restored prairie grass at McFarland Park in Story County, Iowa.  The grass and flowers are five to six feet tall and very thick.  The picture on the header of this blog shows quit well what the early settlers to Iowa encountered.  The grasses were eventually cut,  trees cleared,  and soil broken to be tilled.  Much of the prairie land was very moist so a lot of it has been tiled to provide better drainage.  Now corn and soybeans are the major agricultural crops.

Still, the blooming wildflowers are a wonderful sight to behold.  Since a picture is worth a few thousand words, this post will be brief!


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