American Pickers

On the banks of the Mississippi River, literally right across the street, you’ll find the store of the “American Pickers.”  Antique Archeology is located in LeClaire, Iowa, home of Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Dannie D.  The shop is packed full of items seen on the show and whether you’re a collector or simply a fan of the show, the staff is very welcoming to all visitors.

Due to the popularity of the show, the location has since been remodeled a bit and a second building has been added to the property, to sell merchandise from the show.  A second store has also opened in Nashville, Tennessee (1300 Clinton St., Ste. 130 (Marathon Village), Nashville, TN 37203).


LOCATION: 115 1/2 Davenport St., LeClaire, IA 52753


Some items purchased by Mike and Frank, which fans of the show may recognize.



Just around the corner, cast member Danielle Colby (Dannie Diesel) formerly ran an arts, crafts and clothing shop which sold her designs, called 4 Miles 2 Memphis.  The LeClaire shop later closed and relocated to Chicago.  The Chicago location has since closed as well, but you can see a couple photos of the old LeClaire location below.


LOCATION: 303 S 2nd St., Le Claire, IA 52753 (now closed)



Field Of Dreams (1989)

Hidden away in the rural Iowa countryside, you’ll find an oasis for movie lovers; the Field of Dreams.  Today, the house and field, still owned by the same family as when filming took place, is operated as a tourist attraction, with business hours and a gift shop.  Visitors are even welcome to play baseball on the actual field from the film.  Prospective visitors should take note, however, that the field is closed during the winter months, with visitation season limited to April through November.

LOCATION: 28995 Lansing Rd., Dyersville, IA 52040

Upon arrival, you’ll see this sign for the property.


The house from the film, along with the gift shop, which was constructed in the style of the barn in the background.


A closer look at the gift shop, which sells lots of merchandise related to the film, ranging from clothing to cups to baseballs.  The shop is operated by the property owners, who are happy to chat with you about the film and the site.


A closer look at the farm house from the film, which now has the name of the film added onto the picket fence.  Visitors were not permitted to enter the house at the time we visited, but the property owners have since changed that policy and opened up the house up to paid tours.


The house and the bleachers.


A closer look at the bleachers, which really are the originals from the film.


And of course, the baseball field.  The field was constructed for the film, with the lights still in tact.  What was not there at the time of our visit, however, was the corn field, which was actually grown by the production.  However, since that time, the property owner have once again grown corn fields on the property, to more closely resemble the film.  As stated before, visitors are welcome to play baseball on the field, if you want to add that item to your bucket list.  Be sure to bring your own equipment, however, if you want to play and be prepared to possibly wait awhile for your turn, as the field receives a steady amount of visitors.


A sign on the site, with a history of the property, photos and trivia about the film.


The back of the sign, with more photos and trivia.


The site remains unique amongst film locations, due to the mystique and magic of the film itself.  Traveling into rural Iowa to stand in person at this site, which so closely resembles the way it looked in the film, really does feel like stepping into a movie.  It’s not heaven, it’s Iowa… and people will come indeed.