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Iowa celebrates 90 years of state parks


DELAWARE COUNTY (KWWL) -- Iowa's first state park was dedicated 90 years ago.

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 was present, along with many other officials for the dedication north of Dundee. 

By 1922, Iowans had 14 state parks to enjoy.  In 2010, there are nearly 150 state parks in Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says in 2010, about 700,000 people camp in Iowa parks each year.

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