Mr. Frederick Goddard in 1869 remarks upon Iowa in his book, Where to Emigrate and Why.  

"If in all the broad domain of the United States there is any region pre-eminent for its combined advantages of admirable territorial position, salubrious climate, the number and size of its water-courses, fertility of soil, and sunny beauty of undulating scenery, surely it must be the noble State of Iowa."

(I would add to Mr. Goddard’s assessment that there is a remarkable Special Collections that you might want to visit.) 

The book states that it was “Issued in this country by subscription only, and not for sale in the book-stores. An agent will bring this work to any person in the United States who orders it through the Publisher.”

x-Collection HC105.6 .G6 1869

uimapcoll, you should check out these maps!  

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    omg i want to see this book! i want to find out where to emigrate
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