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

A World of Opportunity

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

 
 
A World of Opportunity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
1. A World of Opportunity Marker
Inscription.
My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance . . . In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope.”
    President Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover National Historic Site commemorates the life and accomplishments of Herbert Hoover, the 31st U.S. president. Born in the village of West Branch, Iowa, to a family of modest means, Hoover believed in the “unbounded opportunity of American life.”

Explore Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, and discover how family, faith, education, and hard work opened a world of opportunity – even the presidency – to a man of simple beginnings.
 
Location. 41° 40.228′ N, 91° 20.776′ W. Marker is in West Branch, Iowa, in Cedar County. Marker can be reached from S Downey Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at 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. Birthplace of Herbert Hoover (here, next to this marker); The Hannah Varney House (a few steps from
A World of Opportunity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
2. A World of Opportunity Marker
this marker); Herbert Hoover (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dr. Leech House (within shouting distance of this marker); Herbert Hoover's Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); The C.E. Smith House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Laban Miles House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Amanda Garvin Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in West Branch.
 
More about this marker. A map of the West Branch downtown historic district, which includes Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, appears on the right of the marker and shows the location of the marker and other buildings at the site. It has a caption of “Start your visit at the visitor center to see exhibits and a brief film on Hoover’s childhood. Enjoy the self-guided audio tour of the site and its historic buildings. Visit nearby Birthplace Cottage, Blacksmith Shop, Schoolhouse, and Friends Meetinghouse.”
Photographs of Herbert Hoover’s birthplace and a young Herbert Hoover appear at the bottom left of the
Marker at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
3. Marker at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
marker and includes a caption of “Herbert Hoover was born in this small two-room cottage on August 10, 1874. He was the first president born west of the Mississippi River.”
 
Also see . . .  Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. (Submitted on August 26, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
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Herbert Hoover's Birthplace image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
4. Herbert Hoover's Birthplace
The 31st President of the United States was born in this house on August 10, 1874.
Inside Hoover's Birthhouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
5. Inside Hoover's Birthhouse
Inside Hoover's Birthhouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
6. Inside Hoover's Birthhouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 154 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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