If you happen to be a Star Trek fanatic—or even if you aren’t—you probably know that Captain James T. Kirk is on the roster of proud Iowans. Granted he won’t be born for another 215 years, but the people of Riverside, Iowa haven’t let that stop them from celebrating their (future) local celebrity.
Stop by the Voyage Home Museum for an expansive collection of Captain Kirk memorabilia (and a gift shop), and be sure to pose with the U.S.S. Riverside out front. Head into town to find the marker of Kirk’s future birthplace, located behind the New Image Salon—a small yellow building. For the true Star Trek aficionados, head to the back room of Murphy’s Bar & Grille and look for a plaque marking the point where Captain Kirk will be conceived. The plaque was once affixed to the bottom of the pool table, but now hangs on the wall.
Places to Visit in Riverside, Iowa
Voyage Home Museum, 361 E. 1st Street, Suite 2 in Riverside Iowa
Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, behind New Image Salon, 51 W. 1st Street in Riverside, Iowa
Murphy’s Bar & Grille, 71 E. 1st Street in Riverside, Iowa