John Wayne was born in a little town called Winterset, Iowa. Which also happens to be the county seat for Madison County, Iowa. Which happens to be the same Madison County from The Bridges of Madison County about which I know nothing but I assume is some sort of girly trash for middle-aged housewives. Why this lovely little town would trade on that girly stuff when they could trade on the Duke is beyond me.
I also passed through Des Moines, Iowa so I could set foot in yet another State Capitol. That was fun. The highlight of the visit, however, was the extremely suggestive Iowa Soldiers and Sailors Civil War monument. I don’t know which I like better, the stripper Columbia, the cheering cavalryman or the hippie infantryman complete with flower. I had to double-take to make sure we were dealing with the 1860s and not the 1960s. Highly recommended.