“The Hawkeye State” Is The Official Popular State Nickname of Iowa. According to the Iowa state tourism web site, “Two Iowa promoters from Burlington are believed to have popularized the name.” In 1838, The Iowa State Nickname was given approval by territorial officials, eight years before Iowa became a state. Another Nickname Of Iowa Is “The Corn State” – 90 percent of the land in Iowa is devoted to agriculture.
The Hawkeye State
This popular nickname for the state of Iowa is said to have come from the scout, Hawkeye, in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans published in 1826. According to the Iowa State web site, “Two Iowa promoters from Burlington are believed to have popularized the name.” The State Nickname of Iowa nickname was given approval by “territorial officials” in 1838, twelve years after the book was published and eight years before Iowa became a state.
The two men responsible for the promotion of this Iowa State Nickname are thought to be Judge David Rorer of Burlington and the newspaper publisher, James G. Edwards of Fort Madison and, later, Burlington. Burlington had been established in 1833 after the Black Hawk War of 1832. Mr. Edwards changed the name of his Burlington newspaper, The Iowa Patriot, to The Hawk-Eye and Iowa Patriot in tribute to his friend Chief Black Hawk. Judge Rorer is said to have suggested “The Hawkeye State” after finding the name in The Last of the Mohicans while Mr. Edwards proposed the nickname “Hawk-eyes” in 1838 to “…rescue from oblivion [sic] a momento [sic], at least of the name of the old chief,” Black Hawk.
The Corn State
This State Nickname of Iowa nickname pays tribute to Iowa’s corn crop. Iowa leads the country in the production of corn. Iowa has also been called the “Land Where the Tall Corn Grows,” in tribute.
Land of the Rolling Prairie
People Called Iowa By Another Nickname. Iowa has been referred to as the “Land of the Rolling Prairie” because of the vast rolling prairies that covered the state.