Iconic “Twister House” Is In Eldora, Iowa [Photos]
The late 80s and 90s was a great time to be a film buff and an Iowa resident. Several of the biggest movies of the 20th century were shot right here in the Hawkeye State; Field of Dreams, Bridges of Madison County, and Twister.
Coincidentally, May 10th, 2021 marked the 25th anniversary of the famed tornado movie.
The majority of the movie was shot in Oklahoma. Wakita, Oklahoma is one of the more popular filming locations, and the town still celebrates the movie every day at their Twister Museum.
A large chunk of the final act was filmed in Iowa. The movie crew shot the scenes where Jo and Bill are running away from the terrifying tornado in Ames, Iowa. However, maybe the most iconic image from Twister was shot in Eldora.
I uncovered this old television newscast from the night that the film held a special premiere in Ames. The debris from the filming of the movie was still scattered in Hardin county a year after filming wrapped.
Eldora might have the most coveted piece of real estate for any diehard Twister fan. It's in this Iowa town that the "Twister house" resides. Aunt Meg's house getting encased by the storm became one of the most iconic shots in the movie. This house in Eldora, IA was only used for the exterior shots for filming. As of 2017, it looked like it underwent major renovations since the 90s.
Can I go and visit the house now?
Unfortunately, that's a no. It used to be available for tours, but now it seems like the owners are more interested in their privacy than any sort of fanfare.
"Our home was only at the end of the movie, for less than a minute. We choose to pay more attention to the 130 years of county history our home holds. Thank you for accepting our choice for privacy," says Donna D Juber, the owner of the property in 2019.