Mines of Spain: Where it all began

By Taylor on July 23, 2015 in Blog

Mississippi River, Mines of Spain

Help us celebrate the completion of the E.B. Lyon Interpretive Area Addition at the Mines of Spain in Dubuque County on Monday, August 3! There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:15 p.m. followed by tours of site and trail.

When 52 acres adjacent to Mines of Spain were offered at auction in 2011, INHF acted quickly to purchase it. Come see what that land offers today:

  • New places for environmental education
  • New accessible trail through prairie to an overlook
  • State Tree Woodland Walk
  • Shelter, restrooms & drinking water
  • Native plantings to improve water quality
  • Safer, expanded parking for the center

INHF's first big project was the establishment of Mines of Spain when we purchased 1,300 acres and 3.5 miles of Mississippi River bluff land. After more than three decades and over 1,000 land protection projects, we're excited to be part of this key addition to the Mines of Spain natural area.

Thanks to our INHF members, whose support made it possible for us partner with the City of Dubuque, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Friends of Mines of Spain on this project for four years!

If you have any questions about the ribbon-cutting event, contact INHF event coordinator and development specialist Erin Griffin at egriffin@inhf.org or 515-288-1846, ext. 33.

Visitors should park at the Interpretive Center, then gather at the new shelter west of it.