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A Star Trek Kind of Town: Riverside, Iowa
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A Star Trek Kind of Town: Riverside, Iowa

Just when I thought Iowa couldn't get any weirder, this comes across my computer screen while researching "places to go in Iowa" and honestly it excited me.

Before the final frontier, rows of corn kept an Iowa man grounded. If I know anything about James T. Kirk it's this: he's headstrong, stubborn and takes matters into his own hands while being charismatic with a strong sense of justice. Yes, a true Iowan. In a fictional world, in fiction future, James T. Kirk was, or will be, born in Riverside, Iowa in 2228. In the famed show and movies Star Trek, James becomes the youngest Starship Captain after receiving command of the USS-Enterprise for a 5-year mission to explore new worlds like Indiana Jones but cooler. So the guy was born in Iowa and goes on to become a successful Starship Captain? That's it? No. Because the town of Riverside, Iowa, just south of Iowa City, has taken it a step or two further.


Steve Miller, a resident and councilman of Riverside, took matters into his own hands after proposing to council March 25, 1985, to declare Riverside, and build what is now, the future birthplace of James T. Kirk and you can see it with your own eyes! The monument sits in the middle of the small town behind a little yellow house. It is free to visit but donations are always accepted. 

Riverside also houses a Star Trek-themed museum called The Voyage Home Museum. I reached out to the museum to get their story and this is what they had to say:

"Our Museum offers Star Trek memorabilia, the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, and the Starship Enterprise. We go over the history of Riverside itself, the surrounding communities and how and when it was founded. The admission to our museum is free. Among the memorabilia, we also have show used props and history of stars that have been here and visited our town. We have people come here from all over the world just to be in the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk. 

Every year we have an annual celebration called Trekfest. It's always the last Friday and Saturday in June. This year's theme is all aliens. We also have a star coming this year, Sandra Gimpel, who was the salt monster from the original series.

You can find and like us on Facebook. We are open 7 days a week; Monday 11am to 4pm, Tuesday 10am to 4pm, Wednesday 11am to 4pm, Thursday through Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday noon to 4pm.

Live long and prosper."

I don't know about you but I grew up watching Star Trek. I may have seen every episode and every movie. This is a place that is a million percent on my bucket list for the summer. I hope to see you there!

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  1. Siouxland Families Blog
    Siouxland Families Blog
    So funny! I think that's awesome that Riverside is having so much fun with the star trek connection!
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