Iowa birth town of John Wayne celebrates his life

Published On: May 31 2011 08:03:59 AM CDT

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa town where actor John Wayne was born has celebrated his birth and his legendary screen career.

Wayne was born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset. On Sunday, the town marked the occasion with visitors from across the country.

Re-enactors helped remind people what life was like in the old west so often depicted in John Wayne movies. The cavalry was teaching kids how to get up on a horse.

Tami Boettcher told Des Moines television station WHO that she's been a big John Wayne fan since she was a little girl, saying he was her one and only idol.

She says that being part of celebration in his honor and see the old west come to life is irreplaceable.