Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wayside Wednesday: The Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

Many years ago, the tiny town of Riverside, Iowa got a brilliant publicity idea: why not claim to be the hometown of the famous Star Trek Captain?

With Gene Rodenberry's blessing, they did just that.

Don't expect anything fancy.  It's just a little storefront museum of memorabilia where they sell t-shirts (I bought one for a Trekkie friend).  There's a yearly Trekfest and birthday party in March.  I don't think it's as big as it used to be, but if you are a big Trekkie, it's probably something you should do once if you can.

Across the street is a playground and picnic area.  Eating places are scarce, so bring a picnic lunch and relax.

The monument itself is down the main street (there really is only one in the town).  A banner points to a small alley between a beauty salon and the main wall of stores.

Behind the beauty shop is the monument itself.  I suppose it will be more hospitable to birthing babies in 200 years or so.

Nearby: Iowa City on I-80 (25 minutes north On US-218), Kalona Colony to the west.  This is Amish country, so ask the locals where to get some yummy baked goods, and watch out for buggies.

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