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

From Downey Street to Pennsylvania Avenue

 

— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site —

 
From Downey Street to Pennsylvania Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, July 26, 2020
1. From Downey Street to Pennsylvania Avenue Marker
Inscription.  Herbert Clark Hoover was born on August 10, 1874, in this two-room cottage. He spent his early boyhood years on the edge of the village Surrounded by farmland. His parents, relatives, and many neighbors were Quakers whose daily lives were centered on their face beliefs.

Herbert's mother Hulda tended to him and his siblings, Theodore and Mary. She also served as a recorded minister in the Quaker meeting. Jesse, a devoted father, worked hard as a blacksmith and businessman. Together they played major roles in forming the character of the boy who would become the 31st President of the United States.

My grandparents and parents came here in a covered wagon the most formative years of my boyhood were spent here. My roots are in the soil.
Herbert Hoover

Captions:
Tour of the interior of Hovver's birth place across the street.
The park is a commemorative landscape conceived by the Hoover family, the Hoover birthplace Society, and the National Park Service.
How has the street changed? From the bridge to a hotel on Main Street, this illustration shows the South Downey Street neighborhood as it

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was during Herbert Hoover's boyhood.
Birthplace Cottage Built 1871 by Herbert's father Jesse and grandfather Eli.
Jesse Hoover's Blacksmith Shop Original 1871 shop faced Downey Street
Methodist Church built 1870, razed 1913, historic house moved here
Garvin House Built 1872
Crook's Hotel Built 1870.

 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 41° 40.222′ N, 91° 20.794′ W. Marker is in West Branch, Iowa, in Cedar County. Marker is on South Downey Street near Penn Street, on the left when traveling south. 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. Herbert Hoover (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace Cottage (a few steps from this marker); A World of Opportunity (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Herbert Hoover (within shouting distance of this marker); C.E. Smith House (within shouting distance of this marker); Varney House (within shouting
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distance of this marker); Leech House (within shouting distance of this marker); Forging Character (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 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 4 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 22, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Mar. 5, 2021