In the early decades of the 20th-century, amusement parks could be found across the state of Iowa. Although some were associated with resort communities, such as Clear Lake or Lake Okoboji, most were located on the outskirts of Iowa's larger cities where they provided day trip excursions for families looking to get out of town. Infact, some parks were owned by local railway companies looking for a way to increase ridership on the weekends, as was the case with Glen Hagen (Centerville) and Lake Manawa (Council Bluffs).
Iowa's amusement parks were operational in the summer time. At the parks, patrons could expect to find food, rides, and water activities such as boating and swimming. And, of course, there was entertainment. Each park had a bandstand. While some parks employed their own bands, park goers might also expect performances by touring bands, local town bands, and regional bands that would be in residence for a week or more.