John Wayne birthplace.

Birthplace of John Wayne

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Winterset, Iowa

Film star John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, and the home in which it happened is open for tours. The simple wood frame, four-room house is where the Hollywood legend entered the world as Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907. He lived here for three years. The house has been restored and maintained as it would have looked in 1907.

During our visit we saw one of the 15 eye patches John Wayne wore in the film True Grit. Others can be found around the U.S. as part of other John Wayne tributes.

logo Birthplace of John Wayne.

In 2010 the Birthplace got its very own statue of John Wayne, seven feet tall, made of bronze. A Wayne family member had commissioned it back in 1981, and after almost thirty years it was given to Winterset and erected outside of the birthplace on what would have been the Duke's 103rd birthday.

The birthplace opened an adjacent John Wayne Museum in 2014. One of its exhibits is Wayne's green Pontiac station wagon, its roof raised six inches to accommodate the Duke, who would drive wearing his cowboy hats.

Birthplace of John Wayne

Address:
216 S. 2nd St., Winterset, IA
Directions:
I-80 Exit 110 (US Hwy 169) south 14 miles into Winterset, where it becomes John Wayne Drive. Stay on John Wayne Drive until you reach South St. Turn left (east) one block.
Hours:
Daily 10 am - 4:30 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
515-462-1044
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