One thing that is not always easy to find on Facebook are the "local" pages that may hide beneath the surface, stashing away some cool hometown sites that are real gems.

Here are five of my favorite local Facebook pages that I've found over the years.

The Hiawatha, Marion, Cedar Rapids For Sale Facebook page is one that I frequently check for bargains...even if it's stuff that I don't really need!

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One of my more recent favorites is the Iowa Gallivant - it features great reviews of cool places and tasty destinations around the state.

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Another one of my new favorite local Facebook pages is Homegrown Iowan. It reminds this new condo-owner just how much I miss my old backyard garden!

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Of course Only in Iowa is a well written, much loved Facebook page. With over 180,000 followers, it's also one of the biggest!

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You Know You Grew up in Cedar Rapids... has to be the absolute best local Facebook page. I'm a sucker for nostalgia, and this page delivers!

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