Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk.
Ground Zero Kirk. A bench offers relief to those whose knees go weak.

Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

Field review by the editors.

Riverside, Iowa

James T. Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise, will be born in Riverside, Iowa, on March 22, 2228.

Future Birthplace marker.
Helpful Kirk banner marks the alley that leads to his birthplace.

Steve Miller, a Riverside councilman, knew this before anyone else. Steve was a Trekkie, and he read in Gene Roddenberry's book, Making of Star Trek (1968) that Kirk would be born in a small town in Iowa. The book didn't name the town. Miller thought, "Why not Riverside?" At the next council meeting (March 25, 1985) Miller proposed that Riverside declare itself the Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk. The motion passed unanimously.

Riverside quickly altered its town slogan from "Where the best begins" to "Where the Trek begins," and changed its annual summer festival from River Fest to Trek Fest. Miller jabbed a stick into the ground behind the town barber shop (he owned the property) and declared that it was the future birth spot. An engraved monument was eventually placed on the spot for present (and future) fans. Later, a bench was added for contemplation along with a Shuttlecraft-shaped donation box for upkeep.

Miller's inspiration became official Star Trek canon in May 2009, when Riverside was identified as Kirk's hometown in the Star Trek reboot movie. The entire town was invited to a special secret preview screening of the film, a day before its official release, in Iowa City, the nearest town with a movie theater.

Star Trek fans, as finicky stewards of series factoids, sometimes wonder why the March 22, 2228 date on the Riverside monument differs from the March 22, 2233 date usually accepted as Kirk's birthday. The answer is that the 2233 date wasn't promoted until 1993, with the publication of the book, The Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future. Riverside's date had been established years earlier. Take your pick which to believe, but both agree that March 22 is the day, which also happens to be William Shatner's real birthday.

Also see: Captain Kirk Conceived Here

Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

Address:
51 W. 1st St., Riverside, IA
Directions:
US Hwy 218 exit 80. Drive west on Hwy 22/E. Hickory St. for 1.8 miles into town. The birthplace is on the right, behind the small hair salon building; you reach it through an alley. Look for the Captain Kirk banner on the light pole next to the street.
Admission:
Free, donations appreciated.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Nearby Offbeat Places

Captain Kirk Conceived HereCaptain Kirk Conceived Here, Riverside, IA - < 1 mi.
Star Trek Voyage Home MuseumStar Trek Voyage Home Museum, Riverside, IA - < 1 mi.
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