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The house is quite modest and reflected the limited means of his family at the time.
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Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site

609 S. Lamar Avenue Denison, Texas 75021
Open Tue.–Sat., 9am–5pm, Sun. 1–5 p.m. (Last tour is at 4 pm)
903-465-8908 1.5 hours
October 2013 All year
$0-9 Denison Texas
Website Historical Homes
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The Eisenhower Birthplace site features the house in which David Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, was born. In addition to the house, there is a small museum, a picnic shelter and a statue of Eisenhower. The site is approximately 8 acres and was established in 1946. The house is only open by guided tour which has a modest fee. The rest of the site is free.

In 1889 Eisenhower’s father moved his family from Kansas to the railroad town of Denison to take a job cleaning rail steam engines. They lived in a rudimentary two story wooden house for about two years. Eisenhower was born here in 1890. The family’s life was quite modest. The house lacked indoor plumbing or electricity, and they took in a boarder to help make ends meet. When a better job became available for Eisenhower’s father, the family moved back to Kansas. The house likely would have been razed but for Eisenhower’s role in World War II. Local citizens preserved the house in tribute. It became a state park in 1958, and the statue was added in 1972.

Without a GPS or good map, and after passing through downtown Denison and a sketchy neighborhood, some well placed street signs thankfully led the way here. The grounds felt like going back in time to the early 20th century. It’s a quiet, relaxing, simple setting. The tour guide was very pleasant and also knowledgeable about both the house and the family. The 40 minute tour started at the statue before going in the house. Only the first floor is open. The tour was better than expected and provided an interesting insight on the family’s life and financial struggles. The museum offers a short video about Eisenhower and the house as a tour alternative or in addition to it. There also were some basic but still informative displays, such as photos and related descriptions. This was an enjoyable visit and time well spent. The site should appeal to history buffs or those who just want to learn more about the Eisenhower family.
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