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Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

60 Greene 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”

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Reviewed by
loismcdonald

  • 3 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
May 28, 2021

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

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Megan Bannister

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  • 108 Helpful
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.

6 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
roadtripper199792

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
December 04, 2021

After searching for a little while, we discovered the marker was moved. It is now across the street from the post office and along the side of the City of Riverside building. We also found Kirk’s statue in the park. Sadly, we arrived in town too late in the day to explore the museum.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
roadtripper762634

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
August 27, 2021

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

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
monykalyn

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
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

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
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

Reviewed by
pugbilby

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  • 0 Helpful
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.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
roadtripper194350

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August 06, 2022
Rated 5.0

The monument has been redone. Instead of a gravestone-ish thing, there is a life sized statue of James T. Kirk and a huge awesome playground. I highly recommend this stop for long road trips when your kids need to get some energy out. Super fun!

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RobAnybody

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  • 0 Helpful
April 30, 2022
Rated 5.0

Totally fun. Unfortunately, there's not enough to do to make a day of it. Only one restaurant that I could find and the museum was closed when we visited.

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roadtripper199792

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
December 04, 2021

After searching for a while, we discussed the sign has been moved. It is now across the street from the post office tucked beside the City of Riverside. We also found the statue of Kirk in the park. We arrived at dusk, so weren’t able to check out the museum.

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Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

60 Greene St
Riverside, Iowa
52327 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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