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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site turns 45

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WEST BRANCH (KWWL) -- The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site was established August 12, 1965.

The historic buildings and grounds of this 187-acre site are preserved by the National Park Service to commemorate the life of the 31st president of the United States.  Included in the site is the small cottage where Hoover was born in 1874, a blacksmith shop similar to the one owned by his father, the first West Branch schoolhouse, and the Friends Meetinghouse where the Hoover family worshipped.

Also located on the grounds are the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, the gravesites of President and Mrs. Hoover, and an 81-acre tallgrass prairie.

Park Ranger Adam Prato says many improvements have been made to facilities recently.  He says crews are currently working on the Friends Meeting House.  There's a new handicap accessible walkway leading up the hill to the gravesite, and also new pavement leading from the schoolhouse to the picnic shelters.  Many building have been repainted, with lead-free paint.

Prato says biologists have been busy working in the prairie, which did not exist when the historic site was established in 1965.  The prairie was grown in the 1970's.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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