Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Great American Rail-Trail

Commerce, Economy & Work Politics, Policy & Justice

This portrait of Herbert Hoover was taken in the early 1920s, before he was elected president—possibly during his time serving as Secretary of Commerce in the administration of President Warren G. Harding.

Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch, Iowa, in 1867. The museum at his presidential library traces his rise to the presidency, digs into the major events of his administration and also looks at his work after leaving the White House.


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Lake Macbride State Park

From the Hoover Nature Trail, hop onto the Solon-Lake Macbride Recreation Trail and take a 5-mile detour to Lake Macbride State Park, named after...

Trail: Hoover Nature Trail
State: IA
Nature & Environmental Management Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine
Alexander Clark House

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that “separate but equal” access to public accommodations—upheld by the court in the 1896 case of Plessy v....

Trail: Running River Trail System (Riverside Park)
State: IA
Black History Politics, Policy & Justice
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library

The Smithsonian-affiliated National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, preserves Czech and Slovak culture and interprets stories...

Trail: Cedar Valley Nature Trail
State: IA
Migration & Immigration
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