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Ledges State Park

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1921, John R. Fitzsimmons, landscape architect. 6 miles south of Boone on Iowa 164

Pease Creek flows by this 1,200-acre state park. The park was planned by John R. Fitzsimmons, a graduate in landscape architecture from Harvard University. He laid out a picturesque series of roads and trails in an Olmsted-like fashion. He set aside a “wilderness” area, and also a secluded section which he labeled “The Sanctuary.” During the later 1920s and on through the 1930s the park acquired a number of rustic constructions, one of the most handsome being a wide-arched stone bridge.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Ledges State Park", [Boone, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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