Arnolds Park

19 May

The Queen II excursion boat at Arnolds Park, Iowa, Friday, April 24, 2014. According to the Arnolds Park website it was in the late 19th century when the lakes region became a resort area and small steamboats and sailboats could not keep up with the flow of vacationers. The Queen, a large steamer, was constructed, along with other larger boats, to accommodate this new need. By the 1920s, the construction of roads around the lakes brought about the demise of most of the fleet. The Queen stayed in service for those people who wished to see the lake by water. After 89 years the Queen was retired in 1973, and the Queen II was commissioned and built in 1986 and designated the “Flagship of the Iowa Navy.” (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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