Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site


(319) 643-2541

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Few Americans have known greater acclaim or more bitter criticism than Herbert Hoover. Born on August 10, 1874, Hoover was the son of a Quaker blacksmith, orphaned at an early age, and achieved international success as a mining engineer and world-wide gratitude as "The Great Humanitarian" who fed a billion people in 57 countries during and after World War I.

Within a few short months after being elected 31st President of the United States, in a 1928 landslide, the global hero had become a scapegoat in his own land. Even today, Hoover remains indelibly linked with the Great Depression that put millions of his countrymen out of work in the 1930's. Hoover's once bright reputation was put in shambles, yet he refused to fade away. By the time of his death in October, 1964, Hoover had regained much of the luster once attached to his name. The Quaker theologian who eulogized him at his funeral did not exaggerate when he said of Herbert Hoover, "The story is a good one and a great one...It is essentially triumphant."

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site was established to commemorate the life of this uncommon person. The Historic Site contains the cottage where Hoover was born, a blacksmith shop similar to the one owned by his father, West Branch's first one room schoolhouse, the Friends Meetinghouse where the Hoover Family worshiped, and several homes of the era. Also located on the grounds are the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, the Hoover Presidential Library Association, the grave sites of the President and Mrs. Hoover, and an 81-acre tallgrass prairie.

Map of Herbert Hoover

Latitude, Longitude: 41.671016, -91.345698



  • Hiking

    Effigy Mounds National Monument near Marquette, Iowa preserves over two-hundred American Indian mounds. Thirty-one are effigies in the shape of bears and birds and are found along hiking trails offering magnificent views of the Mississippi River.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is allowed only at the park picnic shelters and on the Village Green.

    The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site has two picnic shelters that may be used for free on a first-come, first-served basis or reserved.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter's abundant snowfall creates conditions allowing for the increased use of snowmobiles in and around the West Branch area. Operators of snowmobiles are reminded that they are permitted to use the shoulder of the paved surface of Parkside Drive between Main Street and Interstate Highway 80 to access areas south of town, or come into town. This is the only designated route that snowmobiles can operate on within the National Historic Site boundary. "We are pleased to be able to allow snowmobiles to operate along the edge of Parkside Drive so these winter recreation users can enjoy their sport. The Historic Site asks that visitors respect the National Historic Site grounds, and not operate their machines outside the designated route", said Superintendent Cheryl A. Schreier.



Take exit 254 on Interstate 80. The Site is located 10 miles east of Iowa City, IA.


Eastern Iowa Airport (Cedar Rapids, IA) Shuttle service is available from the Eastern Iowa Airport. Quad Cities Airport (Moline, IL)

Phone Numbers


(319) 643-2541