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Old 03-21-2014, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I'd agree that Omaha belongs on the list. It's the go-to city for west-central Iowa. Minneapolis, KC and particularly Chicago are all quite a drive even from the closest Iowa border, but Omaha is just across the river. It doesn't have any major teams, but it has plenty to draw people. Iowans may favor Minneapolis, Chicago or KC pro sports teams, but most don't attend those games. Omaha does have three major TV stations and other media outlets.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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I'd agree that Omaha belongs on the list. It's the go-to city for west-central Iowa. Minneapolis, KC and particularly Chicago are all quite a drive even from the closest Iowa border, but Omaha is just across the river. It doesn't have any major teams, but it has plenty to draw people. Iowans may favor Minneapolis, Chicago or KC pro sports teams, but most don't attend those games. Omaha does have three major TV stations and other media outlets.
I would say Omaha is an "anchor city" for southwestern Iowa due to proximity, but certainly not "west-central".
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:50 PM
 
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I would say Omaha is an "anchor city" for southwestern Iowa due to proximity, but certainly not "west-central".


Where is the anchor for west-central Iowa then? Des Moines which is 120 miles away, Omaha-CB which is anywhere from 30-60 miles away or Sioux City which is 30-60 miles away? Logically, the answer would be Omaha (for most) given the combination of distance, sheer size comparison and offerings.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:56 PM
 
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And if you say Sioux City, then the whole premise of this thread is gone.. Having SE Iowa with St Louis would be wrong, north central Iowa to Minneapolis would be wrong etc
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Do (especially West) Iowans have any special connection with Denver, Colorado?
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Not that I am aware of. That drive is deadly no matter how close you are to the Nebraska border.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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St. Louis probably comes in last due to the lack of a dedicated interstate connecting the city to Iowa.
I would agree with the first half of your statement. I've lived in or near the extreme southeast corner of Iowa most of my life and have never seen much of a St. Louis influence at all beyond Cardinal baseball. People in this area are more likely to take a weekend trip to Chicago, KC, Omaha, or M-SP than St. Louis.

I disagree that the second part of your statement is the reason, though.

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Do (especially West) Iowans have any special connection with Denver, Colorado?
The other day I sat down to supper at a restaurant in Southeast Iowa with a couple who owns a livery stable in Estes Park, a woman who lives in Iowa but is originally from the Fort Collins area, and a gentleman who owns property in Glen Haven. This was a completey random meeting, it's not like they called each other up and said "Hey, since we all have Colorado connections let's get together!" And this is just one example of many.

So while I don't know that Denver really fits your definition of an "anchor city" as it really doesn't hold much influence with regard to media, sports teams, etc., I do think that many Iowans do feel some connection to Colorado (not necessarily Denver itself). Not sure why this is, but it may be because the Front Range of the Rockies is the closest place Iowans can go where the topography, climate, etc. is significantly different than what's in their own back yards.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Where is the anchor for west-central Iowa then? Des Moines which is 120 miles away, Omaha-CB which is anywhere from 30-60 miles away or Sioux City which is 30-60 miles away? Logically, the answer would be Omaha (for most) given the combination of distance, sheer size comparison and offerings.
I think our definations of west central are differing. I meant it to be western edges of what one would consider the central region of Iowa. Probably my bad on that one.
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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So while I don't know that Denver really fits your definition of an "anchor city" as it really doesn't hold much influence with regard to media, sports teams, etc., I do think that many Iowans do feel some connection to Colorado (not necessarily Denver itself). Not sure why this is, but it may be because the Front Range of the Rockies is the closest place Iowans can go where the topography, climate, etc. is significantly different than what's in their own back yards.
The Driftless, the North Shore, Door County, and the Ozarks are all a lot closer than the Front Range. I honestly don't see much special connection between Iowa and Colorado beyond the fact that Colorado is an attractive vacation spot, which is true in most of the country.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:58 AM
 
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I would agree with the first half of your statement. I've lived in or near the extreme southeast corner of Iowa most of my life and have never seen much of a St. Louis influence at all beyond Cardinal baseball. People in this area are more likely to take a weekend trip to Chicago, KC, Omaha, or M-SP than St. Louis.
When I lived in Burlington we went to St Louis a LOT. I've been tothe top of the arch many times, even with a girl scout trip. We would go to Six Flags at least every other year or so, and other random trips there just to shop or whatever. It was so close and an easy drive down 218. We went to Chicago much less and only KC once, it was much farther. Omaha? Nope. It was 6 hours away. St Louis was what? 2? No brainer.

Lots of time spent in Hannibal, too. Those are some great memories. I love that cave tour and have been there many, many times as well.
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