1. In what year did Iowa first require
Answer: In 1904, Iowa issued a 2 inch disk of aluminum from the Office of
the Secretary of State. Cost was $1.00.
2. When were the first license plates made at the State Penitentiary in
Answer: Production began in 1925 for the 1926 license year. Prior to
that, plates were made under contract with various vendors.
3. Who was Governor of Iowa when automobile registration began?
Answer: Republican Albert B. Cummins from Polk County served as Governor
4. Who was the Secretary of State when the first automobiles were
Answer: William B. Martin served as Secretary of State during the period
5. Who formed the Iowa Highway Patrol and when?
Answer: Ola Babcock Miller, Secretary of State, a Democrat, served from 1933
until her death in 1937. A 15-man test patrol was established in 1934 and
the Highway Patrol began with 50 men in 1935.
6. When was Iowas first death in an automobile accident?
Answer: About 9:00 P.M. on September 29, 1905 Mr. Fred Harriman of
Hampton was killed when his automobile left the road and crashed into a
stream bed. Its estimated speed was 30 mph.
7. What was the speed limit on Iowa highways in 1905?
Answer: "No person shall operate a motor vehicle on a public highway
at a rate of speed greater than is reasonable and proper, having regard to
the traffic and use of the highway, or so as to endanger the life or limb of