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West Branch in Cedar County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Iowa Prairie

 
 
Iowa Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
1. Iowa Prairie Marker
Inscription.
          You are viewing 76 acres of partially restored tall grass prairie, planted in 1971. Extending from the historic Miles Farm, at the hilltop on your left, it provides a south western boundary for the historic site.

          Prior to the settlement of West Branch, 85% of Iowa consisted of prairie. Trees were scarce until planted. Jesse Hoover imported lumber for construction of the birthplace of Herbert Hoover.

          The plowed fields of the Miles Farm characterized the immediate landscape during Hoover’s youth. Prairie remnants persisted along the Wapsinonoc Creek and Burlington Railroad tracks, where Herbert Hoover spent many boyhood hours. He enjoyed a keen interest in nature and often referred to boyhood experiences:
          “ . . . I was taken for a summer to live with Uncle Pennington Minthorn in Sioux County, Iowa, where he was breaking in a prairie farm. We lived in a sod house and I was privileged to ride the lead horse of a team which was opening the virgin soil.”

          This prairie was established for its historical significance, educational value, and aesthetic appeal.

          Prairie species native to Iowa are represented and identified in the demonstration plot on your near right.
 
Location. 41° 
Iowa Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
2. Iowa Prairie Marker
The Miles Farm can be seen behind the marker.
40.058′ N, 91° 21.074′ W. Marker is in West Branch, Iowa, in Cedar County. Click for map. Marker is located in the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: West Branch IA 52358, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A World of Opportunity (approx. 0.2 miles away); To Herbert Hoover (approx. ¼ mile away); Hoover Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Schoolhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Friends Meetinghouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Herbert Hoover's Birthplace (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Mackey House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Herbert Hoover (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Branch.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Iowa Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
3. Iowa Prairie Marker
Iowa Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, Miles Farm
4. Iowa Prairie Marker
Iowa Prairie image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
5. Iowa Prairie
Herbert Hoover's Birthplace image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
6. Herbert Hoover's Birthplace
Jesse Hoover built this house on the Iowa Prairie with imported lumber.
Grave of President and Mrs. Hoover image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
7. Grave of President and Mrs. Hoover
Herbert Hoover and his wife are buried near the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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