Have you ever wanted to take a visit for you or your family to an actual, real-life movie set but didn’t want to travel to Hollywood? No problem! Dyersville, a town located on the western line of Dubuque County, is home to the ghost-baseball players from the movie, Field of Dreams. You may think this is a hoax, but the movie was filmed on the very fertile soil of Iowa!
Here's how it all went down: Don Lansing, a resident of the Dyersville area, received a visit in 1988 from a woman, Sue Riedel, asking if they could film a movie on his farm. Lansing questioned her sanity, wondering why anyone would want to create a movie in Iowa. Upon hearing that the movie was going to be about baseball, Lansing approved of the idea. After he agreed to the baseball movie being filmed and the contracts were arranged and signed, Hollywood came to Northeast Iowa. Several acres (3.5 to be exact) of the once fertile cropland was used to create the baseball field where the ghosts of baseball legends could appear from the corn to continue living out their baseball dreams.
Over 25 years has passed since the premiere of the movie. Today, the land still remains in the Lansing family. If you were to visit the unharmed field today, it would be found on the west side of the family farmhouse. Admission is free while visiting the ball diamond. Souvenirs are available at the site as well. If you navigate yourself to the Field of Dreams website, there is a calendar of events, including the hours for the gift shop.
No time to visit the actual site? That’s no problem! Check out the virtual reality panorama on the website and feel like you're walking through the field in person! Isn't Iowa awesome?
** Photography credited to: "Field of Dreams." Clio. Web. 9 Nov. 2015.