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

Explore Historic Downtown

 

— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site —

 
Explore Historic Downtown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, July 26, 2020
1. Explore Historic Downtown Marker
Inscription.  Visit the West Branch Commercial Historic District, just a block up the street. Buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s, now listed in the National Register of Historic places, show how downtown West Branch changed from modest wood structures to a thriving business center with ornate buildings.

As a boy, Herbert Hoover walked up Downey Street—then the main north-south road in and out of town—to attend school, run errands, and visit his father’s farm implement store on Main Street.

Photo captions:
West Main Street ca. 1909
Main Street looking west (left on the next block), ca. 1908
Downey Street looking north (straight ahead), 1921
The motorcade of presidential candidate Herbert Hoover arrives in West Branch in 1928.
Main Street looking east (right on the next block), 1907

 
Erected by National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 41° 40.258′ N, 91° 

Historic Downtown beyond the marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, July 26, 2020
2. Historic Downtown beyond the marker
20.795′ W. Marker is in West Branch, Iowa, in Cedar County. Marker is at the intersection of Penn Street and Downey Street, on the left when traveling west on Penn Street. 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. A President's Rural Roots (here, next to this marker); Laban Miles House (a few steps from this marker); A World of Opportunity (a few steps from this marker); Garvin House (a few steps from this marker); Leech House (within shouting distance of this marker); Varney House (within shouting distance of this marker); C.E. Smith House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named A World of Opportunity (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Branch.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Mar. 6, 2021