Hi, Welcome to the Driftless Area.
The Driftless Area got it name because it escaped being covered in glaciers in the Pleistocene and then covered in the glaciers “drift” as the glaciers retreated. The lack of glaciers and plentiful streams and rivers in the area also meant that The Driftless Area didn’t get squashed flat as a pancake by mile thick glaciers and has had plenty of time for area rivers to cut valleys deep into its bedrock.
The Driftless covers about 24K sq. miles of NE Iowa, SE Minnesota, and SW Wisconsin with most of the area devoted to open space, forest, and farms that, thanks to the local topography, are smaller that most farms in the Midwest. Much of the Driftless looks like the photo I’ve chosen to go with this post. There are a number of small towns, most situated in river bottoms and susceptible to the occasional flood. The biggest city is Eau Claire, WI, where I’m located with about 70K other folks.
That’s it for now, but be sure to tune back in for more exciting news about The Driftless.