Riverside: Where No One Has Gone Before

In “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” Capt. James T. Kirk reveals that he’s “from Iowa. I just work in space.” Riverside, Iowa, took hold of that idea and ran with it, promoting the town as the “future birthplace of James T. Kirk.” They even got the blessing of series creator Gene Roddenberry. They have an annual festival that actors from the series and spinoffs often attend. Shatner himself filmed a sci-fi spoof here a few years ago. The streetlights are hung with banners depicting the faces of Trek characters. They have a sweet little museum with memorabilia. [Read more about our jaunt through Iowa.]

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