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

A World of Opportunity

 
 
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.

Picture captions:
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

A World of Opportunity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
2. A World of Opportunity Marker
Cottage, Blacksmith Shop, Schoolhouse, and Friends Meetinghouse.
 
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.
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
(Submitted on August 26, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Herbert Hoover's Birthplace image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
4. Herbert Hoover's Birthplace
President Hoover's father and grandfather built this 14-by-20 foot cottage in 1871. He was born here on August 10, 1874.
Blacksmith Shop image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
5. Blacksmith Shop
In his youth, Herbert Hoover worked in his father's blacksmith shop.
Inside the Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
6. Inside the Schoolhouse
Young Herbert Hoover attended school in this building.
Friends Meeting House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
7. Friends Meeting House
Herbert Hoover attended services with his family in this Quaker Meeting House.
 
 
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.
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