Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Whirlwind Tour Of Iowa - Part 1

We left Missouri yesterday and arrived at our new campground outside of Iowa City, IA yesterday afternoon.  Our campground is small, but nice and quiet.  It is a family owned business that opened in 1988.  The owner planted each and every tree as this was a pasture from their family farm.  Sadly, the husband died in 2010 and his wife and daughter just sold the property.  The campground will close next month.

The office building was built (in 1988) from parts of one of the old barns on the family farm.

Our site.

Back view of our site.
This is not a great picture, but there is a maze in tall grasses.  It is really fun to walk through.
The folks visited the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.  Mama bought the Passport To Presidential Libraries today.  It is like the Passport to National Parks which she already has.  You get it stamped when you visit the Presidential libraries.  Now, they are going to have to go back to get them stamped at the four they visited before today. BOL!  It will be easy to get Truman's and Eisenhower's, but the Bushs' may be more difficult because we don't know when we will be in that area again. Once you have it filled up, you receive a crystal paperweight as your prize.  The folks did a passport camp program in Missouri many years ago and had a fun time doing it. 


The folks enjoyed the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. Mama said she learned a lot.  Did you know that he didn't collect any pay while he was in office?  Instead of having a regular inauguration party, the party raised money for charities.  He and his wife actually donated over $450,000 to charities while he was in office. Pretty amazing.  He was always giving back to people.  Unfortunately, the stock market crashed just months into his term and people blamed him and called him a bad President.

 The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library 

He and his wife, Lou, are buried up the hill from the library.


His childhood house is located near the library.
Herbert Hoover's childhood home.

Hoover's Father's Blacksmith Shop
The grade school that he attended.

He was a Quaker and this was the meeting place.
On top on the hill is where he is buried.  It can be seen from his boyhood home.
The folks left the Hoover area and drove to the Amana Colonies.  I will tell you about that tomorrow.

Joey,
The Greyhound Who Thinks Iowa Is Pretty Nice
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