Winterset Travel Guide

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Winterset Things to Do

  • Marion Morrison's birthplace

    On May 26, 1907, Clyde and Mary Morrison were blessed with the birth of a baby boy, whom they named Marion. The Morrison family was neither wealthy nor famous. Clyde was a pharmacist who worked in several Central Iowa locations during his career after attending Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. His son later described him as "the kindest, most...

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  • John Wayne's Birth Place

    Legendary film actor John Wayne was born as Marion Robert Morrison in this modest house in 1907. The home has been restored to its 1907 appearance with authentic furnishings, and features memorabilia from John Wayne's career. Guided tours available. A new John Wayne Museum adjacent to the birth home is in the funding and planning process.

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  • Madison County Covered Bridge Festival

    The 2005 Covered Bridge Festival will take place on the court house square Oct. 8-9. Each year during the second full weekend in October, residents of Madison County and beyond gather together to celebrate the historic covered bridges of Madison County.The festival features old-time craft demonstrations, a plethora of food vendors, music, antique...

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  • Imes Bridge

    If you are zipping by on Interstate 35 and wish to see a covered bridge, but don't have time to tour all six of the remaining bridges, consider the Imes Bridge, just a mile off the interstate at the St. Charles exit. Built in 1870, it is the oldest of the surviving covered bridges of Madison County. (not in its original location)

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  • Hallowell Bridge

    The longest of the remaining Madison County covered bridges is the Hollowell at 122 feet. Constructed in 1880 over the Middle River. On the National Register of Historic Places, and featured in the movie, "Bridges of Madison County."

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  • Cedar Covered Bridge

    Cedar is the only covered bridge of Madison County allowing automobile traffic. The bridge is a 2004 rebuild of the original 1883 version which was destroyed by an arsonist's fire in 2002. Even though a replica, Cedar Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Crosses Cedar Creek north of Winterset. In the book and later movie...

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  • Hogback Covered Bridge

    One of the fabled "Bridges of Madison County," listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hogback Covered Bridge is named after the limestone ridge which forms the west end of the valley. Built in 1884, Hogback Bridge measures 97 feet, and is in its original location in a valley north of Winterset.

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  • Madison County Courthouse

    This stately courthouse dates to 1876, and presides over the town square, a pleasant reminder of turn-of-the-century America. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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  • Imes Covered Bridge (1870)

    The oldest remaining brodge in Madison County, and the furtherst one from Winterset (about 30 minutes East). Similarly to Cutler-Donahoe, there is no river, and the roof is two-sided sharp.

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  • Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge (1870)

    Located in the town park of Winterset (parking and admission free). There is actually no river beneath, only a hollow. Has a two-sided sharp (rather than flat) roof.

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  • Roseman Covered Bridge (1883)

    This is one of the two bridges featured in the movie, and in my opinion the best fit into the landscape.

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  • Cedar Covered Bridge (1883, 2004)

    This bridge, located basically within the town limits of Winterset, was lost due to arson in 2002 and replaced by a replica in 2004. This is the only bridge open to car traffic (even though there is a regular bridge on a road next to it). The replica still smells freshly cutted wood, but otherwise looks quite impressive.

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  • Hogback Covered Bridge (1884)

    If you are driving from I-80 South, this is the first bridge you encounter. Drive 169 and watch for the brown sign to the right, then follow a gravel road for three miles.

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  • Madison County Courthouse

    It's really a very pretty court house nestled in the square in Winterset. There are several businesses in the area, including the Chamber of Commerce, Northside Cafe, antique shops and souvenirs.

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  • Roseman Bridge

    Probably the most famous of the remaining covered bridges in Winterset, the Roseman Bridge also holds special meaning in the hearts of fans of the book and movie.Located in the country, it's a picturesque scene when you come up to the bridge. There is also a gift shop next to the bridge, offering several movie-themed items, including postcards,...

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  • Stone arch

    In the movie Robert and Franchesca go to a secret place lost in the woods somewhere to have a picnic and time where they could be completely alone. Well, this place is actually right in the center of Winterset City Park so its not that secret after all, and easy for you to find.

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  • Holiwell Bridge

    The Holliwell bridge was also featured in the movie and is the longest of the bridges, 122 feet. It was built in 1880.

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  • John Waynes birthplace

    Its in Winterset and I dont remember the address and we didn't have time to go inside. But i got this foto.

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  • Roseman Bridge

    Featured in the movie, the Roseman Bridge has some history of its own, its known as the "haunted bridge" from when a jail escapee in 1892 was cornered there by police, supposedly he rose up through the roof of the bridge and escaped and was never found.. so they decided someone capable of such a thing must be innocent... Yes, of course, makes...

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  • Cedar Bridge

    This bridge (well, the original) was on the cover of the movie and on Sept 3, 2002 it was burned by an arsonist and in this picture, taken August, 2004 it was being rebuilt and has since been finished. Maybe the person was mad about the questionable morals of the characters of the film, or the new tourist interest it had brought to the town or both...

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  • Tourist Information

    First stop: in the center of town, go to the Tourist office, its next to the right of where this picture was taken, in the main square. They can give you lots of information on where to go and what to see. Otherwise you will get lost for sure. :)

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Winterset Restaurants

  • Cooking from the Heart Restaurant

    A quiet place right on the Courthouse square, next door to Northside Cafe (featured in the movie). Order a pork steak (comes with a soup) and hot tea. Contrary to the official information, the place is open for dinners.

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  • Down-home cooking

    Around since 1876, you can grab a bite to eat at the Norhside Cafe made famous by the movie "The Bridges of Madison County." In the film, Rober Kincaid, the "hippy" from National Geographic, stops for coffee and offers Lucy Redfield, the woman everyone in town was gossiping about, a stool. You can still take a seat where Clint Eastwood sat--fourth...

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