Iowa Prairie

Iowa Prairie (HM1MNO)

Location: West Branch, IA 52358 Cedar County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 40.058', W 91° 21.074'

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          You are viewing 76 acres of partially restored tall grass prairie, planted in 1971. Extending from the historic Miles Farm, at the hilltop on your left, it provides a south western boundary for the historic site.           Prior to the settlement of West Branch, 85% of Iowa consisted of prairie. Trees were scarce until planted. Jesse Hoover imported lumber for construction of the birthplace of Herbert Hoover.           The plowed fields of the Miles Farm characterized the immediate landscape during Hoover's youth. Prairie remnants persisted along the Wapsinonoc Creek and Burlington Railroad tracks, where Herbert Hoover spent many boyhood hours. He enjoyed a keen interest in nature and often referred to boyhood experiences:           " . . . I was taken for a summer to live with Uncle Pennington Minthorn in Sioux County, Iowa, where he was breaking in a prairie farm. We lived in a sod house and I was privileged to ride the lead horse of a team which was opening the virgin soil."           This prairie was established for its historical significance, educational value, and aesthetic appeal.           Prairie species native to Iowa are represented and identified in the demonstration plot on your near right.
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Date Added Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 10:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 637257 N 4614188
Decimal Degrees41.66763333, -91.35123333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 40.058', W 91° 21.074'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 40' 3.48" N, 91° 21' 4.44" W
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Area Code(s)319
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 610 S Downey St, West Branch IA 52358, US
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