A World of Opportunity
“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.”
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.
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.
Start your tour 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
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #31 Herbert Hoover series list.
Location. 41° 40.258′ N, 91° 20.805′ W. Marker is in West Branch, Iowa, in Cedar County. Marker is at the intersection of Wetherell Street and Downey Street, on the right when traveling east on Wetherell Street. Marker is located at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. 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. Garvin House (a few steps from this marker); Explore Historic Downtown (a few steps from this marker); A President's Rural Roots (a few steps from this marker); Laban Miles House (a few steps from this marker); C.E. Smith House (within shouting distance of this marker); Varney House (within shouting distance of this marker); Leech House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mackey House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Branch.
More about this marker. A map of 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.”
A photograph of downtown West Branch at the bottom left of the marker includes a caption of “Fifteen downtown buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They represent West Branch’s Golden Era of American Architecture.”
Also see . . . Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2015, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on December 14, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 26, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.