Our Vision: West Branch will thrive with an eclectic mix of old and new as a desirable visitor’s destination and a place of hometown pride that shows in the vibrant downtown & unique offerings.
Our Mission: To improve the social and economic well being of our community & the historic downtown by:
- Preserving and sharing our history and unique identity.
- Attracting and supporting small businesses.
- Engaging and connecting the community.
HERBERT HOOVER'S HOMETOWN
Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st President of the United States of America (March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933), was born in West Branch on August 10, 1874 to Quaker blacksmith Jesse Clark Hoover and his wife, Hulde Minthorn Hoover.
Hoover’s birthplace cottage, burial plot, and Presidential Library-Museum provide a unique and interesting opportunity to explore history in West Branch, Iowa.
HERBERT HOOVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
A landscape of historic buildings, exhibits, and natural areas commemorate the life of Herbert Hoover.
THE HERBERT HOOVER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
The Museum tells the life and times of Herbert Hoover and also features a large temporary gallery with changing exhibits.
Founded in 1965, this museum has become a depository of local West Branch history and historical objects.