Riverside, Iowa: Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

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51 W. 1st St., Riverside, IA
From Hwy 22 drive west 1.5 miles into town. You'll see the "U.S.S. Riverside" mini-starship parked in a lot on the right, in front of the Voyage Home Museum. The Kirk conception plaque is just down the street, on the right, at Murphy's Bar and Grill, 71 E. 1st St. The birthplace marker is a block further, also on the right, behind the New Image Salon, 51 W. 1st St. (Look for the banner with Kirk's face hanging from the lamp pole out front).
Voyage Home Museum: Th-Sa 10-4, Su 12-4 (Call to verify)
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Starship Enterprise replica.

Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk
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...

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Cool, but The museum was closed on a Sunday. To see the conception plaque you have to ask, since they are remodeling. Still a good little photo op.

[C Strouth, 07/27/2014]

They still have Sunday hours posted, but it's a small town museum, so it's usually best to call in advance...

Down this alley...

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]
Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

Great place to visit. People were real nice. Even if you are not a "Trekkie" -- go anyway.

[James, 01/01/2012]

Future Birthplace marker.

Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

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]

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