West Branch Community Development Group

West Branch Community Development Group

West Branch, IA

http://www.mainstreetwestbranch.org

In April 1987 the US Department of Interior added fourteen commercial buildings to the National Registry of Historic Place, designating it the West Branch Commercial District. While the district includes exceptional examples of turn-of-the-century architecture, collectively the buildings trace the period of economic prosperity that saw the district evolve from a ramshackle assortment of wooden storefronts into a thriving commercial center anchored by ornate brick business blocks. Cedar County Iowa has seventeen nationally registered buildings, West Branch is home to fourteen of those buildings. Adjacent to the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, the historic site and the historic downtown district is connected a Heritage Square. Visitors can freely and easily walk between the two historic areas using the historic trace, a roadway that President Herbert Hoover likely used during his times in West Branch. The highlight of Heritage Square is a replica of the old pump house (gazebo) that once stood a feet to the north at the intersections of Main and Downey Streets. Efforts were undertaken within the last decade to transform Heritage Square into a gathering place for community members and visitors alike. However with ever tightening budgets the renovations of Heritage Square have gotten delayed many times. The West Branch Community Development Group would like to pick up the gauntlet and complete the long delayed Heritage Square project and $25,000.00 would go a long ways towards kick starting the project again.