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

Forging Character

 

— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site —

 
Forging Character Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, July 26, 2020
1. Forging Character Marker
Inscription.  As a boy Herbert Hoover liked to watch his father, Jesse, shoe horses and repair plows, but he was not always careful. "Playing barefoot around the blacksmith shop," he recalled, "I stepped on a chip of hot iron and carry the brand of Iowa on my foot to this day."

Come back during open hours to see the shop's interior and occasional blacksmithing demonstrations.

Photo captions:
In 1957 the Hoover Birthplace Society built this re-creation of Jesse's shop. The original had been in the lot to your right.
Jesse Hoover, a well-liked and fair businessman, sold his blacksmith shop and opened a farm machinery business on Main Street in 1878.

 
Erected by National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 41° 40.226′ N, 91° 20.831′ W. Marker is in West Branch, Iowa, in Cedar County. Marker is on Penn Street when traveling west. Located in front of

Jesse Hoover's Blacksmith Shop image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, July 26, 2020
2. Jesse Hoover's Blacksmith Shop
the re-created blacksmith shop. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Branch IA 52358, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Learning their A, B, Cs (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Herbert Hoover (within shouting distance of this marker); C.E. Smith House (within shouting distance of this marker); From Downey Street to Pennsylvania Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mackey House (within shouting distance of this marker); Garvin House (within shouting distance of this marker); Varney House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Branch.
 
Shop interior image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, July 26, 2020
3. Shop interior
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 14, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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