Featured Movie Location: Field of Dreams
Wanna see the real life filming location used for Field of Dreams
in the movie? These scenes were actually shot at Lansing family farm
, located in Dyersville, Iowa
. [Google Map
] Locations Manager(s): Bob HudginsOn Location
Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa. Except for a few location shots for Boston, notably Fenway Park, much of the film was shot in and around Dubuque County, Iowa. Many locations were considered, but with the persistence of the Iowa Film Board and a photo of the Lansing Farm with all the right features, the producers were convinced to make the picture on an actual 91-year-old farm in Dyersville, Iowa. Filming lasted 14 weeks during the middle of a drought in the Summer of 1988. The studio built the baseball field in just three days!
After the filming was completed, the family owning the farm kept the field, and added a small hut where you could buy inexpensive souvenirs. It's open April through November, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and, unlike the movie, has free admission...
Kevin Costner's character Ray looks up information on Terrance Mann in the school library at the University of Dubuque, a private, coeducational college. When Ray and Annie are walking to their truck Blades Hall and the Van Vliet main administration building are shown.
The store where Ray goes to purchase farming supplies is Hendricks Feed, located in downtown Dubuque.
Terrance Mann's apartment and neighborhood was located near 17th Street and Central Avenue in Dubuque. The gas station where Ray gets directions to Terrance Mann's place was originally just south of the intersection of 3rd and Locust Streets in Dubuque. The gas station is no longer there, torn down to facilitate economic development.
Ray and Terrance stayed at the Airline Inn, three miles south of Dubuque along US Highways 61/151. This motel in the movie was on the way to Minnesota.
The PTA meeting about Terrance Mann's books was at Western Dubuque Elementary/Jr. High School, in Farley, Iowa.
The night city street scene used Galena, Illinois to represent parts of Chisholm, Minnesota.
The film also used local Dubuque roads quite extensively to represent the drive from Dyersville to Boston, Boston to Chisholm, and Chisholm to Dyersville.
Incidentally, the frequently-asked question, "Is this Heaven? No, It's Iowa" became a bumper-sticker slogan for Iowa for some years after the movie.Can you help? Do you know any of the Iowa (or any other) filming locations used for Field Of Dreams? [Please send them in]Locations Links
Following is a recommended link:The real-life Field of Dreams