West Branch in Cedar County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
A World of Opportunity
— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site —
“It was here that I was given that tender care of mind and body, those first steps in education, that knowledge of poverty and struggle for family betterment which contribute to understanding of American life.”
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.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #31 Herbert Hoover series list.
Location. 41° 40.143′ N, 91° 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. Hoover Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); To Herbert Hoover (about 300 feet away); Friends Meetinghouse (about 300 feet away); Helping War Victims (about 300 feet away); Raised With Quaker Values (about 400 feet away); Birthplace Cottage (about 500 feet away); Forging Character (about 500 feet away); Herbert Hoover (about 500 feet away). 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 at the bottom left of the marker includes a caption of “Herbert Hoover arriving at the dedication ceremony for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, 1962.”
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.