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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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Address: 110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358
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A great story and a pleasant visit

We stopped at West Branch Iowa to see what there was related to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, etc. It is just off I-80 and easy to get to. We were surprised to find a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Boone, Iowa
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Boone, Iowa
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We stopped at West Branch Iowa to see what there was related to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, etc. It is just off I-80 and easy to get to. We were surprised to find a nice little town with several original buildings or replicas in place. A self-guided tour was available or ranger guided if you have the time and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This park brings home the very humble origins of Hoover and the main reason he was self effacing during his public run. I liked his grave, his birth cottage and the meeting house. There's also a school and blacksmith..

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Southfield, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This presidential museum library is housed within a building in a park along Hoover Creek that encompasses over many structures and various historical sites. Note that they are pedestrian or wheelchair accessible, not by car. That might be a limitation for one with walking issues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

What a refreshing look at the past; a time before my time. From the two room house that Herbert Hoover was born in, to the Hoover blacksmith shop where he worked, to the church where he worshipped; a church with two mirror imaged rooms; one for the men and one for the women, this was a terrific tour of nostalgia... More 

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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This large, beautiful park includes nice paved, stone, and dirt trails for walking, jogging or biking. The site is spread out and you can also drive it if you need to. The visitor center is the best place to start for a short movie on Hoover and an overview of his life. Then visit the period buildings that include a... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A small but nice Historic Site. There is a small visitor center with a movie, and you also get the opportunity to go into the house where he was born. It's very small. What an interesting President/Presidency; can see how this town molded him into a humanitarian and great American.

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site honors the former president as it is the site where he was born. Visitors can walk around the grounds here to see what life was like in this area during Herbert Hoover's years. In addition, you can visit the graves of the former president and his wife. As this is a National Park, you... More 

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Delaware, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We love going to National Historic Sites/Parks/Monuments, etc. so we were happy to find this one relatively close to our hotel during our trip. We were not disappointed at all!! The Visitors Center staff were knowledgable and friendly. They started the movie for us when we were ready. They told us a little about the area and provided recommendations on... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Hoover historic area is run by the Park Service and has no admission fee. There is a short film depicting President Hoover's childhood. Then you mean get an idea of small town America in the late 1880's by visiting his tiny two room birthplace, the Quaker meeting house, the blacksmith with many tools, and the one room schoolhouse. Walk... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I believe the heart and soul of America is small town, Main Street living. Everyone should visit and experience this.

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