Near Wilton in Cedar County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hoover Historic Site / Hoover’s West Branch
The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, located in nearby West Branch, honors a distinguished son of Iowa, citizen of the world, and the 31st president of the United States. Established in 1965, the Site’s foundations were laid earlier when in 1937 family and friends began restoration of the two-room cottage where Mr. Hoover was born in 1874. The Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, constructed by the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation entirely with private funds, was dedicated in 1962. Two years late the Library. Containing Mr. Hoover’s personal papers and memorabilia, and its grounds were donated by the Foundation to the American people. In 1964, Mr. and Mrs. Hoover were buried at the presidential gravesite on a gentle knoll overlooking his birthplace cottage. The restored homes of West Branch circa 1880 and the Friends Meetinghouse where he worshiped as a boy, and a replica of the family blacksmith shop also recall the small Midwestern village which gave Herbert Hoover to the nation and the world. Administered by the National Park Service, the Herbert Hoover Historic Site is open daily to the public. (over)
“The most formative years of boyhood were spent here. My roots are in this soil.” The speaker of those words were Herbert Clark Hoover, orphan at
Erected 1977 by Iowa State Historical Department, Division of the State Historical Society, the Iowa Department of Transportation and by the Hoover Presidential Library Association, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Iowa, State Historical Society of marker series.
Location. Click for map. The marker is located at Rest Area 4 Westbound, .7 miles west of Exit 271 on Interstate 80. Marker is in this post office area: Wilton IA 52778, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Historic Iowa City / Mormon Handcart Trail - 1856 (within shouting distance of this marker).
Also see . . .
1. Herbert Hoover | The White House. Son of a Quaker blacksmith, Herbert Clark Hoover brought to the Presidency an unparalleled reputation for public service as an engineer, administrator, and humanitarian. (Submitted on July 22, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum. (Submitted on July 22, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. (Submitted on July 22, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
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