DNR to Inspect, Discuss CCC Cabins at Backbone State Park
Posted: 11/01/2011

Seven cabins constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) more than 70 years ago at Backbone State Park in Delaware County will be studied by a special task force.

“The bottom line is, one way or the other, we are going to have to spend some money on these cabins whether it is restoring or replacing them,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the State Parks Bureau for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Szcodronski said the task force will be looking at the options available for the cabins and then making a recommendation.

“These cabins have historic value and have been a destination for generations of Iowans. It is important for us to determine whether the structures can be feasibly renovated or whether the condition has deteriorated to the point where they should be replaced,” said Szcodronski.

In addition to the DNR’s Engineering Services Bureau doing an evaluation of the integrity of the cabins’ structure, Szcodronski said visitors of the cabins during the past season will also be surveyed for their input.

“The cabins are ultimately there for public usage and the comments we get from our visitors is valuable information in making a final decision,” said Szcodronski.

The task force will be meeting at the end of November and will be making a final recommendation by the end of the year.

Anyone wishing to comment on the cabins may do so by emailing northeast Iowa Parks Supervisor John Maehl at john.maehl@dnr.iowa.gov

Media contact: Kevin Szcodronski at 515-281-8674.