West Branch

A white gazebo with flags in front of historic commercial downtown block.
NPS Photo

The West Branch Commercial Historic District includes 15 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places


The City of West Branch, Iowa is the home of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. To learn more about visiting West Branch contact Historic West Branch Community Development Group, a community organization that promotes West Branch's businesses, culture, history, architecture, and commitment to progress.

Historic Downtown

The West Branch Commercial Historic District is just outside the historic site along Downey and Main streets. It is a national historic district which preserves fifteen downtown buildings built from 1875 through 1929.

West Branch Municipal Cemetery

Herbert Hoover's father and mother, Jesse and Hulda, are buried among relatives at the West Branch Municipal Cemetery nearby. Learn more »

Hoover Nature Trail

The Hoover Nature Trail follows the railroad that passed through the president's hometown. As a child, Herbert Hoover developed an early interest in geology while collecting interesting rocks along the railroad grade.

Herbert Hoover Highway

Herbert Hoover Highway, a scenic motor trail, connects Iowa City and West Branch with the nearby towns of Springdale, Rochester, Tipton, and Lowden. The highway is exit 249 on Interstate 80.

Last updated: October 4, 2018

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 607
West Branch, IA 52358


(319) 643-2541

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