• Mother Iowa, Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument - Des Moines, Iowa

      Mother Iowa, Des Moines
      Photo by Peter Thody
      Home to an extraordinary variety of sculptures and memorials, the grounds that surround Iowa's beautiful state capitol are as impressive as the building itself. An unexpected delight is the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument which, as well as commemorating the state's Civil War generals, also features the unmissable form of Mother Iowa offering nourishment to her children.

      If you go:
      Do try to make time to visit the rest of the grounds - there are more than 40 monuments including a Civil War cannon, a replica of the Liberty Bell and the only monument of Abraham Lincoln that celebrates him as a father rather than as president.


      Iowa State Capitol
      1007 East Grand Avenue
      Des Moines, Iowa 50319 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Capitol tours
      +1 (515) 281-5591