Blacksmith Shop (Herbert Hoover National Historic Site)

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

A low barn-like wood building is painted brown and has a facade with white trim.
Herbert Hoover's father Jesse owned a blacksmith shop represented by the one at Herbert Hoover NHS

NPS Photo by John Tobiason

Quick Facts

Location:
West Branch, Iowa
Significance:
Part of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
Yes

"My recollection of my father is of necessity dim indeed, but I retain one vivid memento from this time. Playing barefoot around the blacksmith shop, I stepped on a chip of hot iron and carry the brand of Iowa on my foot to this day."

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover's father Jesse owned and operated a blacksmith shop from 1871 to 1878. Although there were other smithies in town, Jesse earned a reputation as a good-natured, fair, and industrious businessman. Skilled and ambitious, he advertised to farmers, "Horse shoeing and plow work a specialty. Also dealer in all kinds of pumps. Prices to suit the times."

Last updated: November 11, 2018