Herbert Hoover's Birthplace
"This cottage where I was born is physical proof of the unbounded opportunity of American life."
In 1871, Jesse Hoover built this two-room cottage near his blacksmith shop and moved in with his wife, Hulda, and young son, Theodore. Herbert Hoover was born here on August 10, 1874. When "Bert" was two, his sister, Mary was born.
This was the Hoover's first home, and although it was small it served the young family well. During the warm months, the cook-stove was moved to the back porch, which became a summer kitchen.
In 1879, as Jesse prospered, the family moved to a larger, two-story house about one block south of here. That home is no longer standing, but a plaque marks its location.
For more information, you may listen to an audio program on the back porch of the cottage.
Location. 41° 40.216′ N, 91° 20.806′ W. Marker is in West Branch, Iowa, in Cedar County. Marker is on North Downey Street. Touch for map. 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. Herbert Hoover (a few steps from this marker); The Hannah Varney House (within shouting distance of this marker); The C.E. Smith House (within
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 721 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.