A four-hour drive into Iowa from Omaha, Cedar Rapids is named for the surging rapids in the Cedar River. The second largest city in Iowa, with about 130,000 residents, it is a commercial and industrial city as well as a distribution and rail center for an extensive agricultural area.
The largest corn-processing city in the world, Cedar Rapids hosts manufacturing plants for many familiar names, including General Mills, Quaker Oats, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland.
In 2008 Cedar Rapids suffered the worst flooding in its history when roughly one seventh of the city was inundated, displacing more than 10,000 residents. An estimated 1,300 flood-damaged properties will ultimately be torn down because of the flood.
We started the day at the Brewhemia cafe in the New Bohemia district of Cedar Rapids.