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The Hutton Memorial is located along a trail on the north side of the canyon.It honors Murray Lee Hutton, a strong conservationist and first director of the Iowa State Conservation Commission in 1935.Ledges has a long history of being flooded by the nearby Des Moines River.
The sandstone was deposited 300 million years ago following the retreat of the shallow sea that covered much of the midwest.Dry south and west-facing slopes of oak and hickory combine with cool north and east-facing slopes of maple and basswood.This blend of northern and southern forest types provides spectacular autumn leaf colors. Don Williams County Park has a 160-acre lake and a nine hole public golf course.Humans have appreciated this unique area for thousands of years.Archeological evidence found within the park dates to around 4,000 years ago.
Park facilities constructed of native timber and field stone by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's are still standing today.