Iowa City Adventure

On our way to Iowa City, we stopped in Anamosa, Iowa to see the Anamosa Penitentiary. We stopped there because Trip Advisor said it was the most interesting thing between our home and Iowa City (which is sad since Iowa City was an hour and a half away). It was a really cool building and I'm glad we stopped! Afterwards we did some research and found out it is a current maximum security prison for men with over a thousand inmates! That's pretty scary!

Iowa State Penitentiary

Iowa State Penitentiary

Photo Notes:

On our way to Iowa City, we stopped in Anamosa, Iowa to see the Anamosa Penitentiary. We stopped there because Trip Advisor said it was the most interesting thing between our home and Iowa City (which is sad since Iowa City was an hour and a half away). It was a really cool building and I'm glad we stopped! Afterwards we did some research and found out it is a current maximum security prison for men with over a thousand inmates! That's pretty scary!

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1898

1898

Photo Notes:

The front of the Anamosa Penitentiary looks like a castle. This section of the prison was built in 1898, which is one of the newer building of the section - the newest being 1899 and the oldest being 1875. Each section of the penitentiary was stamped with the year it was built.

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Devonian Fossil Gorge

Devonian Fossil Gorge

Photo Notes:

One of our main attractions in Iowa City was the Devonian Fossil Gorge. It sounded pretty cool so we decided to stop and go on a walk. There were several places in the gorge that had fossiles in the rock that you could go and find.

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Growing in the Water

Growing in the Water

Photo Notes:

There was a lot of standing water in the Devonian Fossil Gorge. Since it was standing, there was stuff growing in it. OVerall it was a cool area that you could go walk around.

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Small Green Pond

Small Green Pond

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Fossils

Fossils

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We found about half of the fossils in the gorge. And by "found" I mean we found the plaque that didn't point out or tell you what you were looking for so most of the time we were guessing at what we were trying to find. Here are some shell fossils that we assumed we were supposed to look at.

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Hiking in Iowa

Hiking in Iowa

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Herbert Hoover's Presidential Library and Museum

Herbert Hoover

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After the gorge, we went to President Herbert Hoover's Presidential Library and Museum in Iowa City. Katherine got the idea to go there because we went to U.S. Grants house the week before.

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Seal of the President

Seal of the President

Photo Notes:

The inside of Herbert Hoover's Presidential Library and Museum was pretty cool. They had a lot of displays and a lot of cool wooden stuff like this.

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Belgian Lace

Belgian Lace

Photo Notes:

There was a section in Herbert Hoover's Presidential Library and Museum that talked about Belgium and their lace. It is pretty intense and looks like it would take a really long tome to make something like this. This piece of lace was probably 5-6 feet in diameter.

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Belgian Lace Process

Belgian Lace Process

Photo Notes:

This is how Belgian lace is made. It looks like it would take a long time to make anything and would take a lot of dedication and time to make anything substantial.

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Secretary of Commerce

Secretary of Commerce

Photo Notes:

Herbert Hoover was the Secretary of Commerce during his life and he had a room dedicated to it in his Presidential Library and Museum. He helped in the regulation of radio waves, aviation, Highway Safety, Fishery, Industry, and many other things.

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Presidential China

Presidential China

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This is the ivory porcelain that was used during the Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover administration.

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Waldorf Towers Suite 31-A

Waldorf Towers Suite 31-A

Photo Notes:

This is a recreation of the Waldorf Towers Suite 31-A in New York where Herbert Hoover spent 20 years of his life after his wife died in 1944. It seems weird to me that someone with so much wealth would live in a hotel - although this suite had 8 rooms.

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Present vs. 1915 Currency

Present vs. 1915 Currency

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Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover's Grave

Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover

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The Hoover's grave is next to the Herbert Hoover's Presidential Library and Museum, as well as his birth home.

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From the Cradle to the Grave

From the Cradle to the Grave

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This is Herbert Hoover's birth home which can be directly seen from his gravesite.

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Tallgrass Prairie

Tallgrass Prairie

Photo Notes:

Near Herbert Hoover's grave there was a tallgrass prairie on 81 acres of land that had hiking trails. Katherine and I walked through it a little bit.

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Herbert Hoover's Birth House

Herbert Hoover

Photo Notes:

We walked over to Herbert Hoover's birth house. it wasn't too far from the museum. There were a few original buildings that you could go into and this was one of them. It only had a few rooms and wasn't very big at all!

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Hanging Clothes on the Line

Hanging Clothes on the Line

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Hoover's Quaker Meeting House

Hoover

Photo Notes:

Hoover's Meeting house was located pretty close to his house and was open to the public. It was pretty much what I expected it to be - just a room with a bunch of seating and a few stoves for heating.

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Schoolhouse Lantern

Schoolhouse Lantern

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Weird Plant

Weird Plant

Photo Notes:

This was a weird plant or weed that I had never seen before. it was pretty cool though so I thought I would take a picture of it.

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Trees are Changing

Trees are Changing

Photo Notes:

Not all of the trees in Iowa change as much as this one did, but I just love the color in this tree! It is definitely getting colder and fall is here!

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Iowa State Penitentiary
1898
Devonian Fossil Gorge
Growing in the Water
Small Green Pond
Fossils
Hiking in Iowa
Herbert Hoover
Seal of the President
Belgian Lace
Belgian Lace Process
Secretary of Commerce
Presidential China
Waldorf Towers Suite 31-A
Present vs. 1915 Currency
Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover
From the Cradle to the Grave
Tallgrass Prairie
Herbert Hoover
Hanging Clothes on the Line
Hoover
Schoolhouse Lantern
Weird Plant
Trees are Changing
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