Both Jill and I agreed when we decided to visit Iowa that we just had to see the farm where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed. Thus, we set aside half of one day to visit Kyersville, Iowa.
The farm is really a family farm with a baseball diamond carved into the center of it's acreage. It's the original setting where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed. The woman at the concession stand told me that more than 300 farms submitted their desire to be used in the movie, and this beautiful farm in Dyersville, Iowa, just happened to win.
In 1989, the 100-year-old Lansing family farm was seen by millions, and has become a pilgrimage for baseball lovers and for dreamers of all kinds.
"Field of Dreams" was based on the book, Shoeless Joe written by a graduate of the University of Iowa.
The movie required that they add the wrap around portion of the porch. The baseball field was constructed in three days. They kept the field after the movie was complete, and that was the beginning ....people from all over the world started arriving to see it. I can see why...it's truly tranquil and pastoral.
While we were here, a mother, father, and small boy were playing ball...the mother was the batter. It was quite endearing to see.
Note: The Ghost Players are scheduled to appear on the last Sunday of each month in June through September from 12 pm to 2 pm, performing "The Greatest Show on Dirt". Admission is free.
Open: daily April through November, 9 am to 6 pm
The movie predicted reality: "If you build it, they will come"!
I think this picture sums up a lot of Iowa. It isn't loud or flashy, but it is pleasant. It isn't magnificent, but it does catch the eye. Driving through dubuque is really dull, not much is open, not many people on the street. This isn't so much a city as a large town, but it struck me as a pleasant place to live, or visit. You won't find a lot of culture or restaurants sporting the "authentic" label, but it is a nice ton, populated by nice people, and it isn't the sticks.
Iowa is off the beaten path. So I'm afriad I don't have any great words of wisdom in terms of what to see. I've heard Iowa City is a great college town. Quad Cities, when not flooded, is supposed to feature some interesting Mississippi River views. I've heard good things about Dubuque (and the Dukes therein). And of course, there's Des Moines. Someday, I might venture into more of the Iowa countryside -- when I do, look for it right here!
the cuisine of iowa is fairly straightforward. none of that foreign tucker..steak, potato, lettuce and butter and mayonnaise. beer. please dont ask for wine. weak coffee. while country music plays and sweet syrupy girls who say Hiiiiii..
While I enjoy my visits during the summer months when the roads become passable and the weather bearable, the winter visits can be cruel with rain and sleet and ice and snow and the temperatures plunging into the minus celsius range. When that occurs there is no where to go and nothing to do but be holed up in your hotel in an already desolate town in an already isolated states miles from any thing very civilized
This is the church that was inspired by a church hymn.
After a stop in the town of Bradford, Iowa in about 1856 or so, William Pitt saw a bueatiful spot he though would be a perfect spot for a church. He wrote the a poem "Church in the Wildwood" and set it to music. He then forgot about it. The people in town also thought it would be a nice spot for a church so they build one there. And by chance happened to paint it brown becauce brown paint was cheap.
Mr. Pitt returned to the area about 7 years later in 1862. When he saw the church, he got out the song and taught it to his students, who sang it at the dedication of the church. The church's address is now Nasuha, Iowa.
This is one of the buildings of Anamosa State Penitentiary in Anamosa,Iowa. It is called the White Palace of the West. Construction was started on it in 1873 but much of the building process was continued up to the turn of the century(1900).
Amana Colonies is a collection of old German settlements in the middle of Iowa. They have a great atmosphere, great family-style restaurants, and some really cute candy and antique shops:) Stop if you get a chance, there are direct exits right off Interstate 80!
Effigy Mounds State Park is an old Native American burial ground. They have these huge funeral mounds carefully built in the shapes of animals and other objects that have been there for quite a long time. A very interesting stop on your journey, trust me!
This is indeed a random fact--did you all know that the I-80 truckstop is the world's largest truckstop? I recommend stopping there for the sheer stupidity of it--people from miles around come to eat and shop at this truckstop off Interstate 80 which houses a souvenir store, fast food outlets, a sit-down restaurant, a tv lounge, shower rooms, and, most notably, a small chapel in which you can get married anytime from 5 am to midnite! Isn't that random? Stop on your way across Iowa!
Maquoketa Caves State Park -- you can walk, crawl, or climb through caves in this beautiful park. It is about 2 hours off of I-80, just go north on highway 61. It's beautiful and not too crowded, and the caves are amazing:) There is good camping at Horseshoe Pond, which is also off of Highway 61, actually in Maquoketa.
THE HIGHEST POINT IN IOWA IS UNNAMED. IT IS LOCATED ON THE SOUTH END OF A CATTLE FEED TROUGH ON A FARM, OWNED BY THE STUEBELS WHEN I VISITED IN 1993. THEY WERE JUST PULLING OUT OF THEIR DRIVEWAY AT THE TIME. ON THEIR WAY TO CHURCH I RECKONED...
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