Ambrose A. Call State Park

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Coordinates: 43°3′4″N 94°15′0″W / 43.05111°N 94.25000°W / 43.05111; -94.25000
Ambrose A. Call State Park
Iowa State Park
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Kossuth
Location Algona
 - elevation 1,224 ft (373 m) [1]
 - coordinates 43°3′4″N 94°15′0″W / 43.05111°N 94.25000°W / 43.05111; -94.25000
Area 138 acres (55.8 ha)
Founded 1925
Management Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Location of Ambrose A. Call State Park in Iowa

Ambrose A. Call State Park is a state park of Iowa, US, that commemorates the first settler in Kossuth County. The park preserves rugged hills of old-growth forest on the East Fork of the Des Moines River.

History[edit]

Ambrose A. Call and his brother Asa staked their claim on the site of the future park on July 9, 1854. The next day Ambrose and traveling companion William Smith started building a log cabin while Asa went back to retrieve his family and more supplies. In 1925 Ambrose's daughter donated the site to the state of Iowa for a public park. While the original cabin is gone, a similar structure was moved from a nearby homestead and placed approximately where Ambrose's cabin stood.[2]

Facilities[edit]

Ambrose A. Call State Park boasts a log cabin-style lodge built in 1928 that can be rented for events. There is a campground with 16 sites, all but 3 with electrical hookups. 2 miles (3.2 km) of trails wind through the forest and in winter there is a cross-country skiing trail.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ambrose A. Call State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1980-01-11. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  2. ^ a b Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "Ambrose A. Call State Park". Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 

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