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The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is located in West Branch, Iowa. Hoover, who served as the 31st president of the United States from 1929 to 1933, was born in West Branch and spent much of his early life in Iowa. The museum includes exhibits on Hoover's life and presidency, as well as a collection of his personal papers and artifacts.
Wright County, Iowa, situated in the north-central part of the state, has a rich history dating back to the mid-1800s. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Dakota and Sac and Fox nations, who used the land for hunting and fishing. In the early 1850s, European settlers began moving into the region, attracted by the fertile soil and abundance of water sources.

The county itself was established in 1851, named after Silas Wright, a prominent New York politician. As more settlers arrived, towns and communities began to develop, including the county seat of Clarion, which was founded in 1853. Agriculture quickly became the primary industry in Wright County, with crops like corn, wheat, and oats being grown, and livestock farming becoming prevalent.

Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Wright County experienced significant growth and development. Railroads were constructed, connecting the county to larger cities and facilitating the transportation of goods and people. The population steadily increased, and new industries, such as creameries, lumber mills, and brick factories, emerged. As the county expanded, educational institutions, churches, and other community organizations were established to support the growing population.

In the mid-20th century, like many rural areas in the United States, Wright County faced challenges due to technological advancements in agriculture and the decline of small family farms. However, the community adapted, diversifying its economy by attracting businesses in manufacturing, healthcare, and tourism. Today, Wright County remains an agricultural hub while also embracing modern industries and maintaining its rural charm. The county continues to be an important part of Iowa's history and economy, with its residents proud of their heritage and working towards a prosperous and sustainable future.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Wright County, Iowa.

  • 1851: Wright County is established as a county in the state of Iowa.
  • 1852: The first settlers arrive in Wright County.
  • 1855: The county seat of Wright County is established in the town of Belmond.
  • 1856: The first post office is established in Wright County.
  • 1861: The Civil War begins, and many men from Wright County enlist in the Union Army.
  • 1867: The town of Eagle Grove is platted and becomes a major center of commerce in Wright County.
  • 1870: The Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway is completed through Wright County, boosting economic development.
  • 1895: The Wright County Courthouse, located in Belmond, is built.
  • 1901: The Wright County Agricultural Society is founded to promote agriculture in the area.
  • 1930s: The Great Depression hits Wright County, causing economic hardship for many residents.
  • 1942: The Belmond Drive-In Theatre opens, becoming a popular entertainment spot for residents.
  • 1964: The Cornbelt Power Cooperative is established, providing affordable electrical service to Wright County.
  • 1974: The town of Clarion hosts its first annual "Pioneer Days" celebration, honoring the county's early settlers.
  • 2003: The Wright County Historical Society is founded, dedicated to preserving and promoting the county's history.