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Today in Iowa History May 28

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DELAWARE COUNTY (KWWL) -- The first state park in Iowa was dedicated on this day in 1920.  Backbone State Park was originally set to be dedicated in October of the previous year, but heavy rainfall forced it to be postponed twice. 

Governor Harding presided over the May 28th ceremony.  By 1922, Iowa already had 14 state parks.

There are 125 camp sites located in two campgrounds at Backbone.  It has 21 miles of hiking and multi-use trails.  Visitors can hike along trails winding through old twisted and windblown cedars and up rough, rocky staircases to one of the highest points in northeast Iowa, the "Devil's Backbone." During winter, visitors can cross-country ski and snowmobile.  The park also has great climbing sites.

Click here for more information about Iowa's State Parks.

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