If someone asked you to name one person you’ve always considered to be “the” best person to depict cowboys in the movies, you’d most probably name, John Wayne. Born Marion Robert Morrison in 1907, Wayne was the epitome of a real cowboy, a man’s man, good-looking, tall and a real American patriot. He had a swagger and a way with women. He was a gentleman and always won over the bad guy.
Well, I just had the chance to visit his boyhood home in Winterset, Iowa, yes, still the site of The Bridges of Madison County. It’s quite an honor to have so many wonderful iconic treasures in this state, this being one of them. John Wayne’s home sits without fanfare on a corner just a block off the main square of Winterset. It’s a tiny white clapboard house with four small rooms filled with memorabilia. A lovely woman gave us a ten minute tour, then allowed us to look through the house for another ten minutes, just barely enough time to soak up such rich items as personal photos and letters from friends like Lucille Ball and Bob Hope.
The town is preparing for the 50th anniversary of the movie, The Alamo. His daughter Aissa Wayne will be in attendance to dedicate the new bronze statue the family has donated to Winterset. It will be positioned in front of the new visitors center just a half a block from John Wayne’s House. Click here for more information. A tribute to a western icon!