World’s Largest Truck Stop and Hoover Presidential Library   Leave a comment

I80 World’s Largest Truck Stop

We found ourselves stopping at a place our son, Robby, has been very anxious to see. I80 World’s Largest Truck Stop. It is HUGE, I mean REALLY HUGE. I have never seen so many parked trucks.  The truck stop sells anything and everything.

Behind the truck stop is the Truck Museum. I don’t think Bill was too keen on stopping at the Truck Stop until he got inside this museum. They showed 2 films, which seemed like old commercials for the “autocar.” Once inside the museum, Bill took pictures of every truck.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

Presidential libraries are not “just libraries.” They are documents and artifacts of a President. The Hoover Library is of special interest because it is one of two (I believe it’s two libraries that include his birthplace and gravesite.

Nestled in an Iowa prairie landscape, a town called West Branch, the museum tells the extraordinary story of an orphan boy who lived the American dream, becoming a multi-millionaire engineer, a worldwide humanitarian, and the 31st President of the United States.

He was born in 1874 in a simple two-room cottage. His Quaker family helped settle the town. His father and mother both died at a young age, leaving Herbert to be raised by family. At age 10, he was put on a train bound for Oregon to his uncle’s with two nickels sewed inside his pants pocket.

He married his soul mate, Lou, in 1899, and the day after their wedding, they left for China.

Hoover became known as the Doctor of sick mines. His expertise as a mining engineer made him a millionaire by age 40. Having been raised in the Quaker traditions of being humane and generous to others, he embarked on a course of public service for the rest of his life. He is an example of how one person can make a difference in the lives of others, how one person can save the lives of millions.


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