Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
This site commemorates the life and accomplishments of Herbert Hover, 31st President (1929-1932). The first president born west of the Mississippi River. Hoover grew up in a tradition that deeply influenced his ideals and long life of public service. On a walking tour of the site you may visit the historic buildings associated with Hoover's childhood in West Branch, including the Birthplace Cottage, Blacksmith Shop, School House and Friends Meetinghouse. Exhibits at the Presidential Library museum depict Hoover's adult life and humanitarian works.
The visitor center, historic buildings and Presidential Library - Museum are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1. Entrance fees may be paid at the visitor center. The grounds and Gravesite are open until dusk. Audio stations are located throughout the site. Please have a safe visit.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education
Location. 41° 40.223′ N, 91° 20.802′ W. Marker is in West Branch, Iowa, in Cedar County. Marker is on North Downey 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. From Downey Street to Pennsylvania Avenue (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace Cottage (a few steps from this marker); C.E. Smith House (within shouting distance of this marker); A World of Opportunity (within shouting distance of this marker); Varney House (within shouting distance of this marker); Leech House (within shouting distance of this marker); Forging Character (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Herbert Hoover (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Branch.
More about this marker. Photo 1
Herbert Hoover was born in this two-room cottage August 10, 1874 to Jesse and Hulda Hoover.
Visit historic downtown West Branch where 16 buildings comprise a National Historic District celebrating the Golden Era of Agriculture.
On a quiet knoll overlooking the birthplace site are the graves of President and Mrs. Hoover.
Experience Iowa as it appeared prior to settlement in the 1850s. Trails wind through waving grasses and wildflowers in 76 acres of reconstructed tallgrass prairie.
Also see . . . Herbert Hoover - National Park Service. (Submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 860 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.