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of feet in the air, with settings of huge trees and green vines, is a
favorite picnic and camping spot. The Ledges are on both sides
of the river, but the most picturesque spots are found ahKig the
famous Ledges Creek, which flows at the foot of the porch of Beulah
Home. This home is a refuge for the tired mothers and children
of Des Moines during the summer time and here they are brought
by the score to rest and rebuild their tired and worn systems. The
valley at the lower end seems guarded by one huge rock. Table or
Pulpit Rock, which stands out as a sentinel. A slow, tortuous path
leads up to this rock, but once there, the view is well worth the
eftort. A trolley line may in time be constructed to this increasingly
popular resort and a summer colony established on the banks of the
Des Moines.


The Country Club is a social organization, having a member-
ship of about two hundred, made up of the best known people of
the City of Boone, and of Ames, which came into being a number of
years ago. It was formed for purely social and amusement purposes
and in all the years of its existence the members have fully met with
their expectations in this regard. The club has ideal grounds and
a splendidly appointed and commodius club house and golf links,
located on South Marshall Street, easy of access even for pedestrians.
This club affords to its members athletic recreation in the way of
baseball, tennis, golf, croquet, card parties, dancing and other harm-
less diversions. The president is F. W. Fitch; secretary and treas-
urer, J. C. Walker.


A place of burial for the dead was laid out in April, 1869, by an
association organized for the purpose. A tract of land was secured
at the southern limits of the city and named Linwood Cemetery.
Here many of the hallowed dead of Boone and vicinity found in-
terment, but as the years rolled round space within the enclosure
became scarcer and scarcer until it became necessary to add more
land to that already occupied. To this end, a piece of ground was
secured adjoining and to the east of the old cemetery, containing
about forty acres. This was carefully and artistically laid out bv


a landscape gardener and is today one of the most beautiful bury-
ing spots in the land, and will be more so when the foliage and trees
reach maturity.

This part of the cemetery has been named East Linwood, and
has its entrance at the foot of Greene Street, which has been paved
almost to that point. The cemetery borders on a grove of natural
woods, which furnish as pretty a piece of scenery as can be found in
Iowa and adds wonderfully to the effect produced by the artificially
made landscape. Lining that part of the grounds facing the en-
trance and extending on each side of it some distance is a beautiful
row of wild olive trees, the beauty and symmetry of which are un-
surpassed. Chaste and expensive monuments of modern design are
numerous in all parts of the ground, and are shaded by maple, spruce,
oak, elm and evergreen trees. A ravine runs betw-een the old and
new cemetery. This is crossed by a picturesque foot bridge. To
the south of this a short distance, has been constructed a cement
dam, which gives rise to a miniature lake, and adds in a degree to
the general pleasing effect.

The Linwood Cemetery Company was organized in iSgq, through
the efforts of C. T. T. Mason, who has ever since taken a great pride
in the adornment and beautifying of this lovely "silent city of the
dead." The association is governed by a board of six directors, whose
duties are performed without remuneration. J. J. Snell is the secre-
tary and has occupied that position ever since the association was
formed. Lewis A. Enlow is the sexton.


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