A quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of history published by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Current Issue: Volume 73, Number 4 (2014)

Third Series

Front Matter




Gardening the Amana Way p. 390-391
Mary Swander


Limping through Life: A Farm Boy’s Polio Memoir p. 398-399
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg


America’s Favorite Bicycle Ride p. 401-402
Leo Landis


The Iowa State Fair p. 403
Chris Rasmussen


Back Matter


Cover Image

As the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad faced bankruptcy in the 1970s, it abandoned branch lines and depots across the state of Iowa. This 1983 photo of the abandoned depot and platforms in West Liberty represents just one of many such examples. To read about how the State of Iowa stepped in to try to maintain as much rail service as possible as the Rock Island was liquidated, see Gregory Schneider’s article in this issue. Photo taken by and courtesy of James Beranek.


Marvin Bergman

Editorial Consultants

Rebecca Conard, Middle Tennessee State University
Kathleen Neils Conzen, University of Chicago
William Cronon, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Robert R. Dykstra, State University of New York at Albany
R. David Edmunds, University of Texas at Dallas
H. Roger Grant, Clemson University
William C. Pratt, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Glenda Riley, Ball State University
Malcolm J. Rohrbough, University of Iowa
Dorothy Schwieder, Iowa State University