Effigy Mounds National Monument
Harpers Ferry, IA
The mounds preserved here are considered sacred by many Americans, especially the Monument's 18 culturally associated American Indian tribes. A visit offers opportunities to contemplate the meanings of the mounds and the people who built them. The 200 plus American Indian mounds are located in one of the most picturesque sections of the Upper Mississippi River Valley.
National Historic Site
West Branch, IA
Born in a two-room cottage, Herbert Hoover could have been any small town boy. Orphaned at age nine, he left West Branch, never to live here again. The landscape and buildings of the early years remain, however, to tell how family, faith, education, and hard work opened a world of opportunity— even the presidency of the United States— to a child of simple beginnings.
National Historic Trail
Eleven States: ID,IL,IA,KS,MO,MT,NE,ND,OR,SD,WA
Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, they opened a window into the west for the young United States.
National Historic Trail
Various States, IL,IA,NE,UT,WY
Explore the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail across five states to see the route 70,000 Mormons traveled from 1846 to 1869 to escape religious persecution. The Pioneer Company of 1846-1847 established the first route from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah, covering about 1,300 miles.
By The Numbers
- 2 national parks
- 216,898 visitors to national parks (in 2014)
- $11,400,000 economic benefit from national park tourism (in 2013) »
- 2,254 National Register of Historic Places listings »
- $775,500,345 of rehabilitation projects stimulated by tax incentives (since 1995) »
- 3,247 hours donated by volunteers »
- 1 National Heritage Area »
- 7 National Natural Landmarks »
- 25 National Historic Landmarks »
- $55,859,617 in Land & Water Conservation Fund grants (since 1965) »
- 906 acres transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for local parks and recreation (since 1948) »
- $27,858,941 in historic preservation grants (since 1969) »
- 63 community conservation and recreation projects (since 1987) »
- 482 places recorded by heritage documentation programs »
- 176,417 objects in national park museum collections »
- 2 threatened and endangered species in national parks (in 2013) »
- 77 archeological sites in national parks »
- 107 Certified Local Governments »
- 2 Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans »
- 8 Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/14.