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By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2015
A World of Opportunity Marker
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — A World of OpportunityHerbert Hoover National Historic Site
My grandparents and parents came here in a covered wagon. In this community they toiled and worshipped God. They lie buried on your hillside. The most formative years of my boyhood were spent here. My roots are in this . . . — Map (db m87738) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — A World of OpportunityHerbert 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 . . . — Map (db m87749) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — A World of OpportunityHerbert Hoover National Historic Site
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.”     . . . — Map (db m87751) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — Birthplace of Herbert Hoover
Birthplace of Herbert Hoover First President of the United States born west of the Mississippi River. Marked by Pilgrim Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution — Map (db m86708) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — Friends Meetinghouse
The Hoover family worshipped in this building along with neighbors and relatives who were members of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers as they are often called. West Branch was predominately a Quaker community in the 1850's when this . . . — Map (db m48312) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — Herbert Hoover
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 . . . — Map (db m48307) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — Herbert Hoover National Historic SitePresidential Library - Museum
Herbert Hoover, the first president born west of the Mississippi, spent his formative years in this neighborhood, which is preserved as Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. You may visit his birthplace and other buildings he remembered from his . . . — Map (db m86887) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — Herbert Hoover's Birthplace
"This cottage where I was born is physical proof of the unbounded opportunity of American life." In 1871, Jesse Hoover built this two-room cottage near his blacksmith shop and moved in with his wife, Hulda, and young son, Theodore. Herbert . . . — Map (db m48310) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — Hoover Home1879 - 1884
The Hoovers bought a home on this site in 1879. During the winter Theodore, herbert and Mary enjoyed sledding with the Peter Smith youngsters who lived in the green house just south of here. Jesse Hoover died in 1880. Hulda passed away three years . . . — Map (db m48316) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — Iowa Prairie
          You are viewing 76 acres of partially restored tall grass prairie, planted in 1971. Extending from the historic Miles Farm, at the hilltop on your left, it provides a south western boundary for the historic site.           Prior to the . . . — Map (db m86884) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — Schoolhouse
The early settlers of West Branch had a strong regard for education, and in 1853 they built this school. It was used not only as a school but as a place of worship for the members of the Society of Friends. Originally the building housed all of the . . . — Map (db m48311) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — The Amanda Garvin Cottage
Miss Amanda Garvin purchased this lot in 1870 and by 1872 had this small frame cottage built. She resided here until 1878. Herbert Hoover was familiar with this house and would have passed it often to and from school. The Garvin Cottage is . . . — Map (db m87740) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — The C.E. Smith House
Charles Smith moved to West Branch in the 1880’s and pursued his trade as a carpenter and contractor. In 1903 Smith built this retirement dream home for himself and his wife. They celebrated many special occasions here including their 50th wedding . . . — Map (db m87745) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — The Dr. Leech House
Dr. L.J. Leech opened a medical practice in West Branch in 1882 and practiced here for the next 55 years. For many years he lived in the house one door to the north. In 1920 he moved to this home and lived here until his death in 1937. At his . . . — Map (db m87744) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — The Hannah Varney House
This house was built in 1899 for Hannah Varney. Mrs. Varney lived in the house only about one year, but her daughters Cora and Clara continued to live here until 1915. Although built some thirteen years after Herbert Hoover left West Branch, this . . . — Map (db m87747) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — The Herbert Hoover Highway
This site is along the original route of the Herbert Hoover Highway, a 42-mile series of local, state and county roads that run between the foot of Old Capitol in Iowa City and the Cedar County community of Lowden. The Hoover Highway was designated . . . — Map (db m76108) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — The Laban Miles House
Herbert Hoover’s distinguished uncle, Laban Miles, owned this house from 1875-1886, and Herbert would have visited the Miles family here on many occasions. In 1878 Laban Miles moved his family to the Oklahoma Territory where he had been appointed . . . — Map (db m87742) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — The Mackey House
David Mackey, a local carpenter, built this house between 1868 and 1871. He lived in this home until 1876. Mackey also ran a butcher shop and served as mayor of West Branch in 1879 and postmaster in 1885. Built several years before his birth, this . . . — Map (db m87736) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — To Herbert Hoover
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Iowa (Cedar County), West Branch — Visit Downtown West Branch
Many of the commercial buildings in West Branch are included in a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. It commemorates the “Golden Age of American Agriculture” (1895-1916). A variety of shops and services are . . . — Map (db m87737) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), Wilton — Historic Iowa City / Mormon Handcart Trail - 1856
Marker Front: The land on which Iowa City is located was a wilderness when it was selected and surveyed for the capital of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. The cornerstone of the new capitol building was laid by Governor Lucas on July 4, 1840. . . . — Map (db m33608) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), Wilton — Hoover Historic Site / Hoover’s West Branch
Marker Front: The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, located in nearby West Branch, honors a distinguished son of Iowa, citizen of the world, and the 31st president of the United States. Established in 1965, the Site’s foundations were . . . — Map (db m33437) HM

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