It seems our favorite game of cornhole traces its roots back to the 1880s and a game called "Parlor Quoits." Some differences, a square hole for example, but lot's of similarities including a slanted board and bean bags. That game was sold to a Massachusetts toy maker that made some radical changes to it and called it "Faba Baga."
However, we can thank the September 1974 edition of the magazine Popular Mechanics for today's game of cornhole. An article published that month showed how to make the boards and, boom, popular was right. While its beginnings may have been rooted in the Midwest in the 70s and 80s, today cornhole is widely played across the U.S. From backyard family fun to ESPN-televised tournaments, cornhole is happening!