Kelly: Lehigh Portland a win for Iola, state

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Lt. Gov. (and Iola native) David Toland and a slew of other dignitaries were in town Monday to celebrate the official signing of LeHigh Portland State Park, the 29th state park in Kansas.


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July 17, 2023 - 3:52 PM

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is flanked by folks of all ages Monday as she signs a bill officially forming Lehigh Portland State Park Monday in Iola. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

More than 30 years ago, when David Toland was a Boy Scout, the future lieutenant governor and fellow Troop 55 members set up camp on the east ridge of what is now  Lehigh Portland State Park.

It was a typical Kansas spring day, with warm temperatures in the afternoon that cooled considerably by nightfall.

The Scouts had to build their own shelter, Toland recalled, to varying degrees of success.

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