En route to Chicago we pulled off the highway to Riverside Iowa. A town of a few hundred. It is a small and somewhat depressed farming town except for one thing. Gene Rodenburry named it the fictional birthplace of the fictional Captain James T Kirk. And a bizarre kind of treky tourism has popped up.
The main street has little more than empty storefronts, a grain elevator, and a stone monument to the birth of a starship captain.
Outside of town is a small history and star trek memorabilia museum.
This is a bizarre history museum that has information about both the past and the future.
This is a must see for star trek fans and cultural theorists who will love seeing the fictional becoming more real than reality in this sleepy Iowa town.
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