Hoover’s Birthplace

Hoover’s Birthplace

Just east of Iowa City on I-80 is a sign, “Herbert Hoover’s Presidential Museum.” Literally, just off the north side of the Interstate is the entrance to the 31st president’s birthplace and museum.

Born in 1874 in West Branch, Iowa, Hoover was the first president born west of the Mississippi River.  Prior to my stop here, I only thought of Hoover as the “cause” of the 1929 stock market crash and the namesake for Hoover Dam.  I learned he was a great humanitarian (nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize), spearheading a private drive to rescue 120,000 American tourists stranded in Europe at the outbreak of the first World War, and heading American relief efforts for tens of millions in war-torn countries after both world wars.

The picture has no “Wow!” factor, but the story of Herbert Hoover sure does.

Thought for the Day: Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.                                                                                                                          Herbert Hoover

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