Riverside, Iowa: Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk
- 361 E. 1st St., Riverside, IA
- Fifteen miles south of I-80 (Iowa City exit). Hwy. 218, Exit 80 (Hwy 22). Follow signs for Riverside, west of the highway. Keep straight until you enter the town and see the memorial park on your right with the model of the "U.S.S. Riverside" starship. Park on the side of the main road; the birthplace marker is behind the New Image Salon, 51 W 1st St.
- Voyage Home Museum: Th-Sa 10 am - 4 pm, Su 1-4 pm. (Call to verify)
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- Major Fun
A prescient bit of civic speculation for Riverside's future son and Star Trek's original starship captain. Look for the Enterprise replica and other Trek themed fun. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk
The birthplace marker is a little hard to find. Once you find it, you will be surprised at how large it is. It's behind a hair salon, and seems like it's in somebody's backyard. A worn banner hanging from a street pole has a very deliberately vague resemblance to the Captain.
The shop was closed when we were there, and nobody even noticed we had been sitting on the park bench placed at the back of the building, pondering the imaginary future.[Ryan Miller, 06/10/2013]
Great place to visit. People were real nice. Even if you are not a "Trekkie" -- go anyway.[James, 01/01/2012]
We first visited the Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk monument, then went to the Voyage Home Museum (aka the Riverside History Center). The famous USS Riverside was not there, and the lady at the museum explained that it was at a parade in a nearby town and should be back "in about 20 minutes."
What to do till then? Go down the street to Murphy's Bar and Grill, go to the back, and look under the pool table. There you will find a plaque that states, "Captain James T. Kirk conceived at this point on June 22, 2227."[Frank Abbott, 07/13/2010]
The Starship and shuttle craft have been removed from the site and are being repaired for the upcoming Trek Fest (June 26-27, 2009).[Jen Danzinger, 03/31/2009]
Aye Captain -- we'll have the wee craft out of space dock in no time!