Brooklyn, Iowa: John Wayne's Boyhood Home

Born in another Iowa town in 1907, grew up in California, but the Duke lived here a few years in between (1909, 1913-14). No more home, but a historical marker, a 2-D statue of the actor as cowboy, and a rock engraved "Howdy Pilgrim." Unveiled in 2016.

717 Jackson St., Brooklyn, IA
North edge of town, on the southeast corner of Jackson and E. Des Moines Sts.
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Historical marker, rock and cutout.

Boyhood Home of John Wayne Historical Site

A historical marker and metal sculpture stand in front of boyhood home of John Wayne, where he lived in 1909, and again from 1913-14. I just stopped by and took a picture, but I believe they also do tours.

[Bianca Giron, 11/09/2019]

No tours yet, just the marker and flat metal cowboy -- but it's a good tribute, and the "Howdy Pilgrim" rock is a friendly touch. John Wayne's birthplace is a separate attraction a hundred miles west in Winterset -- his pre-Hollywood name was Marion Robert Morrison.

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