Big Mother Goose at Fejervary Park in Davenport, Iowa - Formerly Mother Goose Land Roadside Attraction

Big Mother Goose at Fejervary Park in Davenport, Iowa

Once upon a time the Big Mother Goose at Fejervary Park in Davenport, Iowa belonged to a different Iowa roadside attraction: Mother Goose Land. Mother Goose Land was once a popular Davenport tourist attraction. The nursery-rhyme themed kiddie park and petting zoo was open from the early 1900s into the 1970s with this giant goose … Read more

American Gothic Barn in Mount Vernon, Iowa

American Gothic Barn in Mount Vernon, Iowa

Grant Wood’s famous painting “American Gothic” depicts a farmer and his daughter standing side by side in front of a farm house. The painting is oft reproduced, copied, and parodied and has inspired several roadside attractions. There is the American Gothic House Center in Eldon, Iowa. There is Seward Johnson’s giant touring sculpture, “God Bless … Read more

Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk Plaque in Riverside, Iowa

Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk in Riverside, Iowa

From John Wayne to Johnny Carson to Ashton Kutcher, Iowa is the birthplace to many celebrities who are celebrated around the world. But it also will be the birthplace of a man celebrated around the universe. Let’s take a trek to Riverside, Iowa to see the birthplace, excuse me, future birthplace of Captain James T. … Read more

Captain Kirk Conceived Here Plaque at Murphy's Bar and Grill in Riverside, Iowa, the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk

Captain Kirk Conceived Here Plaque in Riverside, Iowa

Riverside, Iowa is known as the “future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk,” a Star Trek legend who helms the USS Enterprise in books, TV shows, and movies. The Iowa town celebrates their self-proclaimed status with a plaque, a museum, a statue, and an annual TrekFest celebration and everyone in Riverside embraces the town’s universal … Read more

The USS Riverside NCC-1818 - replica of the Star Trek USS Enterprise - in Riverside, Iowa

Voyage Home History Center in Riverside Iowa (Star Trek Museum)

The Voyage Home History Center in Riverside, Iowa is officially a museum showcasing the town’s history…and future history. But most people would just call it a Star Trek Museum. So…why is there a Star Trek Museum in the middle of Iowa? Riverside, Iowa, where the center is located, is known as the “future birthplace of … Read more