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(as per Loyd Grossman) Who’d Live in a House Like This?

I’ll give you three guesses where I stayed last night.

Actually you’ll never get it so I’ll tell you.

Herbert Hoover’s bedroom (don’t worry, he wasn’t in).

It’s just another quirky little fact about the Goldfields area. The 31st president of the United States has quite the connection to these parts.

It goes something like this…..

He moved here in his early twenties as Head of Mining (in the late 1890s) and started to build a house right next to the mining pit where he’d live. He met a barmaid in town and they got on “quite well!” (they were probably, as you say, “pashing” quite a lot).

He then moved to China and back to the States for a bit, where he bought and shipped over a MASSIVE mirror for his sweetheart as a sign of affection. He then came back to Kalgoorlie and lived in his now completed house for a short period of time before moving back to the States and meeting his future wife, who basically bankrolled his Presidential campaign.

The house he built is now a museum by day and accommodation by night.

And I stayed in the pre-presidential suite!

Well who would’ve thunked it eh?!

Tips and Tricks

Getting to Kalgoorlie and Leonora and Gwalia Historic Site

  • Virgin Australia operate daily flights to Kalgoorlie
  • Leonora and Gwalia are three hours’ drive north of Kalgoorlie

Where I stayed

  • Hoover House, Leonora

My Insider tips

  • If you are on the lookout for the elaborately carved Herbert Hover mirror you will find it at the Kalgoorlie Palace Hotel.  Herbert spent a lot of time at the Palace Hotel and gave them the mirror as a parting gift. Have a read of the poem which hangs next to the famous mirror, written by Herbert for his favourite barmaid.