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Winterset, Iowa —  City  — Madison County Courthouse in Winterset Location of Winterset, Iowa Coordinates: 41°20′9″N 94°0′50″W / 41.33583°N 94.01389°W / 41.33583; -94.01389Coordinates: 41°20′9″N 94°0′50″W / 41.33583°N 94.01389°W / 41.33583; -94.01389 Country  United States State  Iowa County Madison Area  - Total 3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)  - Land 3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)  - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2) Elevation 1,089 ft (332 m) Population (2000)  - Total 4,768  - Density 1,357.9/sq mi (524.3/km2) Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)  - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5) ZIP code 50273 Area code(s) 515 FIPS code 19-86520 GNIS feature ID 0463138 Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. The population was 4,768 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Madison County.[1] Winterset is part of the Des Moines – West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. Contents 1 Geography 2 History 3 Landmarks 4 Demographics 5 Notable natives and residents 6 Filming location 7 References 8 External links // Geography Winterset is located at 41°20′9″N 94°0′50″W / 41.33583°N 94.01389°W / 41.33583; -94.01389 (41.335901, -94.013981).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km²), all of it land. Winterset is located about 30 minutes southwest of the state capital of Des Moines. History This section does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (January 2009) The city of Winterset was first plotted in 1849. This year is considered by the Madison County Historical Society and city government to be the year of Winterset's founding. Winterset's sesquicentennial (150 years) was celebrated in the summer of 1999. Among the original family names thought to be living in Winterset around the time of its founding were: Bilderback, Clark, Storck, Danforth, Guiberson, Weatayne, Percy, McDonald, Larson, Gentry, Berthold, Tidrick, Pitzer, Gaff, Berger, Simpson, Ruby, Hornback, Dougherty, Wilhoit, Walkup, McPherson, Wilkinson, Rottenberger, Gaskill, Houk, and Hutchings. Downtown Winterset in 1907 Landmarks Roseman Bridge Winterset is widely known for its covered bridges. A total of six covered bridges are located in Madison County, including one in Winterset City Park. The annual Covered Bridge Festival celebrates the bridges and local heritage every second full weekend in October. In 2006, the festival was held October 14 and 15. Another notable landmark is Clark Tower, located in Winterset City Park, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Middle River Valley area. The Madison County Courthouse, in the middle of the town square, was built in 1868, and rebuilt in 1876 after being partially destroyed by fire. Perhaps the most famous landmark is the John Wayne Birthplace Museum not too far from the downtown area at 216 South 2nd Street. Demographics Water tower in Winterset As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,768 people, 1,884 households, and 1,230 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,357.9 people per square mile (524.5/km²). There were 1,998 housing units at an average density of 569.0/sq mi (219.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.87% White, 0.06% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59% of the population. There were 1,884 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.01. In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 86.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $33,142, and the median income for a family was $42,951. Males had a median income of $31,536 versus $22,146 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,274. About 5.8% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over. Notable natives and residents Birthplace of John Wayne. John Wayne, actor born on 216 South 2nd Street. George Washington Carver, agricultural researcher Fred Clarke, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame Henry J. B. Cummings, U.S. Representative from Iowa Henry A. Wallace, Vice President of the United States Filming location Winterset was used as a shooting location for the films Cold Turkey (1971), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), and "The Crazies" (2009). References ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  External links v • d • e Municipalities and communities of Madison County, Iowa County seat: Winterset Cities Bevington‡ | Earlham | East Peru | Macksburg | Patterson | St. Charles | Truro | Winterset Unincorporated community Old Peru Footnotes ‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties