Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Missouri's Washington State Park celebrates 75 years

Tri County Journal - Cincinnati,OH,USA
With Big River as its main feature, Washington State Park celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend, but its history goes back much further than 75 years. The park's petroglyph rock carvings are believed to be more than 1,000 years old, and, as part of the park's celebration on Saturday and Sunday, a specialist will explain the history and symbolism in the carvings.

"Petroglyphs are carved rock art created by the Mississippian culture," said Jim Newberry, the natural resources manager for the park. "There are three distinct sites inside the park boundaries. The main site is open to the public every day.

Washington State Park offers year-round camping and has cabins available for rent April through November. Camping and cabins can be reserved up to six months in advance by calling (877) 422-6766.

A swimming pool is available for campers and day use from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and canoe rentals are available through the same season. Weekend canoe rentals are available for float trips on Big River from May through September. The park has several picnic areas, and three shelters can be reserved in advance for $30. Unreserved pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information, call (636) 586-0233 or visit www.mostateparks.com.
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