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Arnold's Park

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Lakes of any size are rare in Iowa; here, three of them—Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, and East Okoboji Lake—adjoin one another. Arnold's Park offers all that one would expect in a resort town: an amusement park (with a great roller coaster), park, restaurants, shops, and motels. The main historic attraction of the place is the Gardner log cabin (1856, restored in 1975), located on Monument Street, a quarter mile west of the roller coaster. Next to the cabin is a granite obelisk erected in 1893 to commemorate the “Spirit Lake Massacre.”

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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