Orphaned at age nine, Herbert Hoover left West Branch never to live here again. In later years, he returned to his humble birthplace to celebrate his long career of public service. A memorial landscape remains to tell his story: how community, hard work, honesty, and usefulness to others opened a world of opportunity— and the presidency of the United States— to a child of simple beginnings.
To Look Forward With Unbounded Hope
President Herbert Hoover
Values learned in his hometown of rural West Branch guided Herbert Hoover throughout his life of service to the nation and the world.
Presidential Library & Museum
Part of the National Archives, the presidential library allows people to explore the legacy of Herbert Hoover's presidency.
Permits & Reservations
Reserve picnic shelters, book field trips, and apply for special use permits.
Laws & Policies
Help protect the park by knowing the rules before you visit.
When Herbert Hoover was a boy, the unnamed creek was just a small stream of water trickling through marshy wetlands.
Last updated: February 2, 2019