Winterset, Iowa: Birthplace of John Wayne
- 216 S. 2nd St., Winterset, IA
- 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.
- Daily 10 am - 4:30 pm. (Call to verify)
Small, four-room house where The Duke, towering Hollywood legend, was born. He lived there in his first year of life, when he was still quite small. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Birthplace of John Wayne
Winterset has more than just the birthplace of John Wayne. The city park boasts an English hedge maze, a castle turret ("Clark's Tower"), a monument to the Delicious Apple, and one of the bridges of Madison County ("Cutler-Donahue Covered Bridge"). So if you're in town to visit the Duke, be sure to mosey on over to the city park and take a gander.[Jen Danzinger, 05/30/2011]
You've read the book, seen the movie, now see the bridges! Well, at least the ones that haven't been burned down by a crazy arsonist a few years ago. Actually, a replica of the original Cedar bridge has just been built! The bridges are indeed historic, charming, surrounded by the beautifully classic rolling hills of Southwest Iowa. The Winterset townsfolk are as friendly as they come. Have a coffee and a slice of pie in the Northside Cafe near the town square and get a good feel for Iowan hospitality.[Gregory White, 07/23/2006]
Mmmm boy, that pie is mighty tempting. Cancel our trip to see Vegas "Crazy Girls"! We're heading for those charming Madison County bridges.....
After taking a million visitors to see the bridges of Madison county, we must reveal that the John Wayne museum can be viewed entirely by standing in the entryway and making small talk with the guard. Just peak around her and then look at the gift counter. A greater adventure is going to the cafe, in the Winterset town square, and sitting on the barstool that Clint Eastwood did during the filming of Bridges. The actual movie actors (local waitresses) serve you. Love that open faced turkey sandwich swimming in gravy.[Shirley Corley, 06/16/2000]
Marion Morrison (later known as John Wayne) and his family lived in Winterset until he was three, when they moved to Earlham, another town in Madison County.
He was always pround of his Midwest heritage, and certainly did not deny that Winterset was his birthplace.[Wayne Davis, 05/29/1999]