John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

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216 S. 2nd St.
Winterset, IA  50273
Website: John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

John Wayne's Birthplace has been restored to reflect its appearance in 1907, the year of Duke’s birth. It features an impressive collection of John Wayne memorabilia including the True Grit eyepatch, a hat worn in Rio Lobo, and a prop suitcase from the film Stagecoach. Hundreds of rare photographs of the Duke are also on display as well as letters from Lucille Ball, Gene Autry, Maureen O’Hara, Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan and George Burns.

About the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum : 216 S. 2nd St. Winterset IA

Several celebrations took place on May 26, 2007, the centennial of Wayne's birth. A celebration at the John Wayne birthplace in Winterset, Iowa, included chuck-wagon suppers, concerts by Michael Martin Murphey and Riders in the Sky, a Wild West Revue in the style of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and a Cowboy Symposium with Wayne's co-stars, producers, and costumer. Wayne's films ran repetitiously at the local theater. Ground was broken for the New John Wayne Birthplace Museum and Learning Center at a ceremony consisting of over 30 of Wayne's family members, including Melinda Wayne Munoz, Aissa, Ethan and Marisa Wayne. Later that year California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Wayne into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.

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John Wayne Birthplace & Museum: 216 S. 2nd St., Winterset, IA 50273