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The population of Winterset is approximately 4,196 (1990), 5190 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,806 (1990), 2062 (2010).

The amount of land area in Winterset is 8.038 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Winterset to Washington DC is 948 miles. The distance to the Iowa state capital is 26 miles. (as the crow flies)
Winterset is positioned 41.33 degrees north of the equator and 94.01 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Winterset location: in south-central Iowa.

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Winterset history:

Established in 1849, Winterset was nearly called Independence, but several other towns in Iowa had that name and there was a worry that mix-ups would occur between towns of the same name. The next name of consequence suggested was Summerset. "A man named Bill Combs, who had been dozing on a bench under the influence of what was known as sod corn blundered out, " I think ye had a derned sight better call her Winterset!" At first everyone laughed, but soon someone declared that would be a good name. Combs was the first to object to his own suggestion. He thought that the name would give people the idea that the climate was very cold. Winterset is believed to be the only town of that name in the world. " (item in quotes taken from the history of Winterset)
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Winterset attractions:

Bridges of Madison County
Meet someone you love at the Bridges of Madison County. Always romantic. Even before Iowa novelist Robert Waller and Hollywood romanticized them. The six historic covered bridges, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, are scattered across the countryside.

Francesca's House
3271 130th St.
10-6, May 1-Oct. 31; or by appointment.
The Victorian farmhouse used for the filming of "The Bridges of Madison County."

Madison County Historical Complex
815 S. Second Ave.
11-4 Mon.-Sat., 1-5 Sun., May 1-Oct. 31.

The Roseman Covered Bridge
This famous bridge tells "stories of love" from the movie, "The Bridges of Madison County.
Phone: 515-462-1185


John Wayne born as Michael Marion Morrison.
Visit the "Duke's" birthplace
224 John Wayne Drive
Phone: 515-462-1044
10-5 daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
another website about this birthplace with pictures -

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