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John Wayne Iconic Western Film Star with Winterset, Iowa Birthplace Photos

Updated on December 3, 2017
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Modest birthplace of John Wayne in Winterset, Iowa
Modest birthplace of John Wayne in Winterset, Iowa | Source

Winterset, Iowa

Winterset, Iowa is a beautiful little town and was the birthplace of the well known film star known as John Wayne. The man who was eventually called John Wayne by millions of movie goers was born to Clyde and Mary Brown Morrison in the little 4 room cottage pictured above on May 26, 1907 and he was named Marion Robert Morrison.

His dad was a pharmacist and in 1910 he was able to purchase his own drug store in Earlham, Iowa where he moved his little family. It was about 15 miles down the road from Winterset. When a second son was born in 1911 (Robert Emmett Morrison) Marion's middle name was changed to Michael.

Unique sign in Winterset, Iowa
Unique sign in Winterset, Iowa | Source

Marion grew up absorbing turn of the century midwestern values and when his family picked up stakes and moved to California (primarily for the health of his father), one of the many jobs that he had was delivering newspapers.

He was very athletic and became not only a football player in high school but was also captain of his team.

Snapshot of John Wayne from Riders of Destiny (1933)
Snapshot of John Wayne from Riders of Destiny (1933) | Source

The Duke

Duke was a nickname that he got which followed him all of his life. The account of just how he was labeled with the name is interesting.

He used to walk to school but left his dog whose name was Duke at a nearby fire station. The dog's name was known by the firemen but not the boy's name. So when the men at the fire station saw the young boy they started calling him Duke.

The name stuck and he was lovingly nicknamed Duke for the rest of his life. If someone many years later used the term "The Duke" everyone knew of whom they were speaking.

John Wayne & Marsha Hunt in Born to the West aka Hell Town - cropped screenshot - 1937
John Wayne & Marsha Hunt in Born to the West aka Hell Town - cropped screenshot - 1937 | Source

Duke was an attractive young man with a 6 foot and 4 inch frame. He was spotted and received his first acting job in 1928 at Fox Studios where for a while he worked as an extra. He earned the salary of $75 per week.

He had been going to the University of Southern California and thought that he wanted to become a lawyer. For help with paying for his room and board he washed dishes while in school. When the movie offers started coming he gave up his former idea of a career.

John Wayne Tribute (with El Dorado sung by George Alexander)

John Wayne

Some of the early movies of which the Duke played a part included "Salute" and "The Big Trail." One of his producers did not like the names of Marion or even Duke and renamed him John Wayne which he thought was a more American sounding name and a better moniker for the movies.

John Wayne he became and for the rest of his years except for the nickname of The Duke that was how he was known.

Publicity photo of John Wayne for film The Comancheros. 1961
Publicity photo of John Wayne for film The Comancheros. 1961 | Source

The movie Stagecoach was his breakthrough film and after that he started getting starring roles.

He went on to be featured in some 200 movies many of which are still well known and loved today by fans of his. A partial listing reads like a history lesson of our historic western past and includes such films as the following:

  • True Grit
  • Rio Lobo
  • Stagecoach
  • The Alamo
  • Rio Bravo
  • The Oregon Trail

This is a mere sampling of the films in which John Wayne played a part. He was known for his swaggered way of walking and his deep distinctive voice.

Politically he was a conservative and a Republican. He supported Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan among others and spurned offers to personally enter the field of politics. However, he made his feelings known through his efforts on behalf of others as well as in some of his films which were not always popular.

Although he did not enlist in the war effort when other actors were taking on that assignment he personified commitment and bravery in his many war films.

John Wayne in Flying Leathernecks (1951)
John Wayne in Flying Leathernecks (1951) | Source

John Wayne was known for speaking his mind with regard to how he felt about his country. He authored a book titled America Why I Love Her. He encouraged people to concentrate upon "the good things about America" and to "nurture her strengths and strengthen her weaknesses..." which is certainly good advice for anyone to follow if living in any country of one's birth or country of one's choice.

From visiting his birthplace in Winterset, Iowa we learned the following:

  • Maureen O'Hara went before Congress to urge them to strike a medal in John Wayne's honor. Many other people of note also testified as to wanting this honor bestowed upon the Duke. The medal was authorized by Congress and approved by President Carter in 1979. The inscription reads: "John Wayne - American."
  • John Wayne had three marriages and ended up with a total of seven children and twenty-one grandchildren during his lifetime. He ended up owning several ranch homes, a jet airplane and a 135 foot yacht called "The Wild Goose."
  • He was honored with a number of awards in his lifetime and after his death, Congress awarded him a Congressional Gold Medal which is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a civilian.

John Wayne epitomized the spirit of patriotism and has been dubbed The Great American by many.

Another excellent tribute to John Wayne showing his beloved America in photos; his films and all in his own words.

His birthplace located at 224 South Second Street, Winterset, Iowa 50273 is open to the public daily from 10 AM until 4:30 PM. Adult tickets cost $4 at the time of our visit.

The kitchen and the parlor in the home have been restored and filled with authentic furnishings to showcase what the appearance would have been like in the year 1907. There are hundreds of photos of The Duke and other memorabilia to be viewed.

Home Where "The Duke" was Born

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Partial view of the kitchenAnother view of the small kitchenThe parlor
Partial view of the kitchen
Partial view of the kitchen | Source
Another view of the small kitchen
Another view of the small kitchen | Source
The parlor
The parlor | Source

The town of Winterset still has many buildings that date from the late 1800s and has a beautifully constructed courthouse that dominates the small town.

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Closeup of the courthouse in Winterset. Note the date on the building... | Source
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Town Views of Winterset, Iowa | Source
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Town Views of Winterset, Iowa | Source
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Town Views of Winterset, Iowa | Source
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Town Views of Winterset, Iowa | Source
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Town Views of Winterset, Iowa | Source
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Town Views of Winterset, Iowa | Source
Courthouse in Winterset, Iowa
Courthouse in Winterset, Iowa | Source

Is Winterset, Iowa and viewing the birthplace of this most famous film star known as John Wayne worth a visit? We thought so and my mother, niece and I carried away memories of this Great American, the Duke, with a little more perspective about his simple and humble past as well as his lifetime achievements.

Do you remember John Wayne wearing a coonskin cap?

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      Peggy Woods 10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      It truly was a treat getting to see where John Wayne was born. It was a very modest house. He truly became a legend loved by many people. Appreciate your comment and the share.

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      Susie Lehto 10 months ago from Minnesota

      John Wayne will always be legend to us, and I hope the generations after us will feel the same way. I would be honored to visit his birthplace. I really love this article and photos and so much information, Peggy. I'm sure friends who are fan his will agree...will share!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello GetitScene,

      So glad that I could fill in a little background information as to where John Wayne grew up. Glad to know you liked reading this.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi oldiesmusic,

      Yes, Winterset is definitely a charming little town in Iowa and it is nice that the birthplace of John Wayne is being preserved.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I checked all the videos and all but the last one works. Will go in and delete it. I wonder if he knew he was dying when he played that dying man? Thanks for the votes and shares.

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      Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

      John Wayne is my absolute FAVORITE so THANK YOU for this!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nadine,

      So happy to be able to fill in a little background information about John Wayne. Glad you liked it.

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      oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

      This is really, really nice, glad that John Wayne's little home is faithfully and lovingly preserved. I thought he was drafted into the army like any other actors but found out here that he wasn't. Thanks for that wonderful information about him. Winterset is rather a quaint charming little town indeed.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sharon (moonlake),

      So glad you enjoyed seeing his birthplace since you and your husband have enjoyed seeing so many of his movies. Thanks for the share.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I tried to play the video you enclosed, but couldn't. I always loved the Duke. His last (I think) was The Shootist with Laureen Bacall. He played a dying man and in real life he was dying, too.

      My hubby, Doc, was a great fan, too, and had many photos and posters of him.

      Voted Up, etc. and shared.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Great hub all about John Wayne. Its entertaining to read the background of movie stars. Well done.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Thanks for sharing enjoyed your hub. My husband and I have always loved John Wayne movies. Voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kate Doyle,

      My brother loved him also. Appreciate your comment.

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      Kate Doyle 3 years ago

      John Wayne has & always been my inspiration in life since childhood ,God Bless to Him

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      My brother was a great John Wayne fan but I am sure that there are youngsters...especially those who do not watch old westerns...who may not know of him. Thanks for the pin and share.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Peg,

      "The Duke" came from very humble beginnings as one can see by touring this small house in Winterset, Iowa. Glad you enjoyed reading this hub.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Stopped by to pin this excellent and interesting article to Awesome HubPages and to share it again with followers. It's been a while and I think there may be people out there who do not know who The Duke was.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Loved learning more about "The Duke" and seeing his hometown and birthplace. This was awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes, he certainly came from a modest background. Thanks!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Very interesting and great photos! I've seen a lot of John Wayne movies. :) Interesting to see how people who become bigger than life start out like most people in assuming homes in ordinary neighborhoods . . .

      Voted up, interesting, pinned, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sheila,

      Oh you poor dear! A husband that looks like Tom Selleck? I guess things could be worse! Haha! Interesting that both your Dad and your husband have been called "Duke." Happy to have been able to share the home and town of Winterset, Iowa...John Wayne's birthplace with you. Thanks for your votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      I missed seeing John Wayne in an I Love Lucy episode. That must have been a good one! Coonskin caps were all the rage when my brothers were small kids back in the 1950's. Happy to be able to show you where this famed movie star grew up in his early childhood days. Thanks for the share.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have always loved John Wayne. I have watched all of his movies. My dad was refered to as "The Duke" much of his life as he looked a lot like him. He had that "side ways" smile and was built like hime too. My husband was named after John Wayne as has also been called "Duke" by many of his friends. My hubby actually looks like Tom Selleck instead of John Wayne, but oh well. This was a great article! Not only was he a great actor, but a great man as well. I enjoyed learning more about him. Voting up and interesting! :)

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      How about that Maureen O'Hara going before Congress to ask for a medal to be struck for the Duke. They were fun to watch in McClintock. Really enjoyed finding out about Wayne's early years in Iowa and the house. I haven't seen a lot of his films but the ones I have seen are memorable. Do you remember him in an I Love Lucy episode, Peggy? Let's see, the coon-skin cap was worn on the Alamo, right! Or maybe it was a great 1939 one called Allegheny Uprising. Hey, I've seen more of his flicks than I thought! Sharing the Duke my friend!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ImKarn23,

      Many people loved the images that John Wayne portrayed. He certainly had a distinctive voice and swagger to his walk. Nice to be able to show you his childhood home and town of Winterset, Iowa. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi rajan jolly,

      Happy to be able to show you the little house where John Wayne lived as a child and also photos of the town. One of my brothers used to be the biggest John Wayne fan ever! He had collected just about all of the movies in which the "Duke" starred and also had artwork of the Duke's image on his walls. Thanks for your votes and share.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Wow..this hub is ageless! As is The Duke! Now - this was a REAL man - he talked the talk and walked the walk..

      I love that in a guy - or in a gal, for that matter..LOL..

      thanks for the John Wayne 101 cyber-lesson!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting knowing about the Duke. I loved him in 'True Grit' for which he won the best actor award. Nice watching the pictures of the house he was born in.

      Excellent write, Peggy. Voted up, interesting and awesome. Shared.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi JamaGenee,

      Hooray! Now your Clark Tower hub will be linked to this John Wayne birthplace hub...both of which are set in Winterset, Iowa. Thanks!

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Peggy, the HP gremlins finally allowed me to add a link to this hub to the Clark Tower hub. Yay!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi JamaGenee,

      From what you say, I am glad that we saw Winterset and John Wayne's birthplace before all the hoopla took place. I liked it just the way it was.

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Winterset was already changing even while the movie was being made. Having celebrities around and visions of $$$ pouring in from tourism after the movie came out, etc. Wasn't such a thrill *after* the town was overrun with tourists who only wanted BoMC souvenirs and couldn't care less about the real charms of Winterset OR that it was the Duke's birthplace. Somewhere I have a copy of a newspaper article that explains the transformation such towns go through before, during, and after being used as a movie location, or just happen to be the location of a wildly popular best-seller.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi JamaGenee,

      We must have seen it before the movie also as Winterset seemed to just be a charming little town. Speaking of tiny...that home where John Wayne would have lived for a time is REALLY tiny! Will check out your hub. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      Glad that I could tell you a bit about John Wayne that you did not know. My husband, like you, was also born in Des Moines. Small world! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gail,

      Thanks for commenting on this John Wayne hub. Many people loved him. It was fun to see where he lived as a child in Winterset, Iowa.

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      A friend and I came upon Winterset almost by accident. Since the neighbor watching my kids for the weekend was a HUGE JW fan, we pretty much had no choice but to go into it after seeing the huge sign "Home of John Wayne" out on the highway! If memory serves, the Morrison home was closed by the time we got there that day, so I could only snap a few pix to take back to the neighbor. But we loved Winterset so much that we went back several times, once ONLY for the Saturday night Steak Special at the Northside Cafe on the town square! If memory serves, it was before filming started on "Bridges of Madison County" and the cafe hadn't yet been "cleaned up" for the shots you see in the movie. There are pix of the Northside and the town square in my Wild Weekend in Iowa hub at https://hubpages.com/travel/Through-The-Looking-Gl...

      That time or another we did tour the Morrison home, and it IS tiny! Hardly big enough for one person let alone a growing family!

      Is Winterset worth a visit? Oh my, yes! But keep in mind that ATM (After The Movie), it lost a lot of its small town America charm and many of the really neat stores around the square became mainly souvenir shops. We were lucky enough to see it before the transformatoon took place. ;D

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I don't think I knew he came from Iowa.Since I was born in Des Moines I have that much in common.That house is interestingly unusual.voted up,interesting and beautiful.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub about a great American actor. I always loved John Wayne. The second tribute video was awesome and reminded me all over again why I loved him so much.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello David Schaffner,

      One of my brothers was also a HUGE John Wayne fan. He had everything available on film and had pictures of the Duke on his walls. Were he still alive, he would have loved seeing what you have collected and the two of you could probably have conversed for days on end. Winterset is a charming little town. Nice that you got to meet his son Ethan. Thanks for your comment!

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      David Schaffner 7 years ago

      Been a fan of the duke for about thirty years and like to correspond with other duke fans.I also collect autographs and started collecting autographs of the charactor actors who worked alongside him in his countless endeavors.I have so many that I have compiled about three binders and also have a room dedicated to his great memory.I also enjoy film festivals and getting autographs.Was at winterset in 2007 for his birthday celebration.His son Ethan signed a still for me and said that he wished his Dad was there to sign it too.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello loveroflife,

      Many of us have small town origins like John Wayne did in Iowa. For certain, I did, although it was in Wisconsin instead of Iowa. Good profession...that of being a pharmacist. Thanks, as always, for your comment.

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      loveroflife 8 years ago

      The pictures of Winterset, Iowa remind me of my early years living in similar towns. And, like John Wayne, my parents were also pharmcists.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I nicomp,

      Happy to have shown you the birthplace of John Wayne so that you can add Winterset, Iowa to your vacation next year. It is a tiny house but all of the photos and other things inside will interest you since you are a fan of The Duke.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Love The Duke. Will add this museum to next year's vacation. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi prasetio30, Glad you liked it. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for share. Great picture. I like it

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi James,

      John Wayne had such a distinctive look, walk and speech. Having a grandfather that looked and acted like him must have been fun for you. John Wayne is a part of American history and has left behind quite a legacy including a postage stamp in his honor; the Congressional medal; his book that he authored as well as many others written about him and his long list of films. Nice to know that you enjoyed this hub and also the photos of Winterset. Thanks for commenting.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I loved John Wayne.  My Paternal Grandfather looked like him and acted like him!  He was a patriot—apparently some have lost sight of what the word means.  It means he loved his country.  Anybody who doesn't love America has no concept of history, or of the true nature of humankind.  Thanks for a joyous journey.  Loved the pics of Winterset, too.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel, He certainly gave people a number of films in which to choose a favorite! Once Stagecoach came along, his career soared. I honestly haven't seen a John Wayne movie in so long a time, it would be hard for me to choose a favorite. Would have to refresh my memory. What is seared into my memory bank from childhood is the Alamo. Just the story and brave stand of the few men at the end... Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kiran,

      My memories of him and his movies are mostly from my childhood. I never collected movies nor idolized him (like my one brother did). Since his birthplace was not far off the road from where we were traveling, we decided to stop and see it...mostly so my brother could see the photos. Decided to share this with fellow hubbers as a point of interest. Thanks for commenting as you always do.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Hubby is still a huge fan of Wayne. He was not really my sort of actor but I loved True Grit and The Quiet Man

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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      Great hub, but honestly I did like John Wayne's movies, probably because there were many great actors during his time, who overshadowed him...

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete,

      You are absolutely correct in pointing out these things about John Wayne. There is some speculation that he became such an outspoken "lover" of America because of some guilt over NOT having entered the war along with many of his other actor companions. And he DID play an active role during the McCarthy era with the House Unamerican Activities Committee and got some actors blacklisted. I believe many people lived to regret those days and their part in that...but hindsight is always the great teacher.

      This hub was merely showing his birthplace and some history of what he had achieved during his lifetime. He has this lingering persona as being a great American patriot and because of his book and many war movies, this will be the impression that most people will always have of him.

      The information you imparted is included in some of the links I attached to this hub. Whatever people thought of his personal life, he certainly was a part of some great and lasting movies that will live on through time.

      Thanks for your informed comment. I'd be proud to do a hub about Jimmy Stewart's birthplace...but I have not been there. LOL

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      I'm afraid I can't agree that John Wayne was anymore a patriot that anyone else. He managed to stay out of war, unlike Jimmy Stewart. He did like to play the war hero. His attitude toward protesters was more facist than American. His role as an investigator for the House Unamerican Activities Committee suit him well. He was a McCarthy type. One to lock up anyone that didn't agree with the government.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Enelle, Very happy to have shared these photos with you and other John Wayne lovers out there. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Great hub! Loved The Duke, I think I saw every movie he ever made...at least twice LOL...Great pictures - thanks for sharing them with us...almost as good as being there.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rochelle, That he certainly was...a film icon of monumental proportions. Your grandmother must have traveled to Winterset many years ago if she had that souvenir. Perhaps they still sell similar items there? My photos are always my best souvenirs. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      He was ceratinly an American film icon. I saw many of his movies. Winterset-- and the family home certainly represent a nostalgic vision of earlier times. I used to have a little heart shaped dish that said "Souvenir of Winterset, Iowa". I think it was sold in a garage sale.It may have belonged to my grandmother. I wish I had kept it.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi TamCor, Glad I could fill in a few details for you. Winterset is a beautiful little town.......and the covered bridges in that county are worth a look also. Thanks for your comment.

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      Tammy Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      What a neat hub--I learned a lot that I didn't know before about John Wayne-thanks so much for writing this!

      I've always been a fan of his, so it's wonderful to read a bio on him and his birthplace--looks like a great place to visit!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie, I had a brother just like you...also had all of his films and was a huge fan. I think most people thought that he was a great man. In fact, one of the statistics I read about him is that he is one of the three most loved actors of all time (even now that he is deceased he keeps that ranking.) Thought perhaps people might like to see his birthplace. Thanks for your quick comment.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I loved John Wayne!! Winterset sounds like the name of a lovely place to live. My brother-in-law has all of his films..a huge fan! He was a rare one, larger than life. Great hub Peggy!