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Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

Pioneer St, Riverside, Iowa 52327 USA

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Hidden behind the tiny town of Riverside's hair salon is the grave-like marker denoting the future birthplace of one Captain James Tiberius Kirk. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry wrote in a book that Kirk will be born in the state of Iowa in 2233, and the locals took it upon themselves to declare Riverside his hometown. Roddenberry, thankfully, went along with it, and the rest is future history. The Voyage Home Riverside History Center even sells copies of Roddenberry's statement declaring it to be so.

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“JUST BEHIND A SMALL YELLOW house, now used as a salon, in a private courtyard”

Admire the future birthplace of James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the Star Trek series’ Enterprise spaceship.

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Reviewed by
Megan Bannister

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August 06, 2014
Rated 4.0

Having trouble finding the marker? Take the path on the right of the New Image Salon and head around back for Captain James T. Kirk's future birthplace.

For the true Star Trek aficionados—head up the street to Murphy’s Bar & Grille and look for a plaque in the back room 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.

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Reviewed by
loismcdonald

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May 28, 2021

As of May 2021 it’s been moved to a spot next to city hall on Greene St.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
monykalyn

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June 28, 2020

If you are a sci-fi geek- or even if not and just want to hit things on a road trip- make the slight detour off the highway. Won’t take long and now you can say you’ve seen it!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ddelacruz

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July 26, 2014

It anyone is having a hard time finding the monument, like it did. There is a small path to it between 41 and 51 West First street.

1 person found this review helpful

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sabrinarangel

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June 19, 2014

Trek fest still goes on the last week in June. I had a hard time finding the monument so I am posting a pic of the yellow hair salon that it is behind. The salon is between the larger buildings on Main st.

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pugbilby

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June 30, 2013

The last weekend of June each year there is "Trek Fest" which involves a parade, costume contest, and other city wide events. Other highlights for visiting: There is a rock pictured above which is tucked away behind a beauty salon in the town as well as a Museum with the USS Riverside.

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Reviewed by
roadtripper762634

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August 27, 2021

This is bogus, we all know James T. Kirk was born in space aboard the USS Kelvin.

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NastiaG

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June 10, 2020

Could not find the marker! We looked around for an hour and asked several people but nobody could tell us where it was!

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Jana

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September 14, 2019

Worth it for the photo op if you are a Trek fan. Not much else really in the area, and all this is is a marker. There is a museum nearby if interested, but the highlight for me was getting a picture with the monument.

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Anna Hider

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May 05, 2019
Rated 5.0

You have to park and go behind the yellow cottage building, it’s a hair salon right now. I love that there’s a bench in front of the marker where you can sit and reflect on... idk Kirk’s legacy I guess? Or the life and times of William Shatner? Either way, I cannot recommend this stop enough. Hit up the museum a bit down the toad while you’re at it.

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Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

Pioneer St
Riverside, Iowa
52327 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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