Grant Wood, of “American Gothic” fame, painted a picture of the Hoover cottage being shown off by a tour guide: The Brithplace of Herbert Hoover. It wouldn’t have been accurate, but I wish he’d painted Isis in the shadow of the trees off to the right.

Rob Wood (no relation?) painted a bird’s-eye view of West Branch. The big building toward the top is the library/museum; there’s a curving walkway to a smaller white building (I forget what that was). On the curved walkway is a black lump on top of a white lump: that’s the statue. Hoover’s house is small and white with a reddish roof. It has a white fence and is across the bridge with grass on it from the library. I think the Opera Block (home of the former West Branch Opera House) is in the lower right corner, from the backside. There was a truly excellent steakhouse right around there, but I forget what it was called. The pizza place is still there–Herb ‘n’ Lou’s.