IAD Blog

November 16, 2016

A Paddle Through History with the Jones County Conservation Board

Paddling the Maquoketa (Photo Courtesy of Michele Olson)

In celebration of International Archaeology Day the Jones County Conservation Department staff highlighted local history on their annual fall colors outing.  On October 1st, 2016 they paddled 10 miles of the Maquoketa River.  Participants were spellbound by Iowa’s beautiful fall colors as they transitioned from croplands and pastures to heavily wooded bluffs, boulders, limestone outcroppings, and soaring cliffs.  While enjoying a picnic lunch and a break on a sandbar they learned about the history of Clay Mills and paddled back into history as they floated past the long deserted town and mill site of Clay Mills. 

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