September 6, 1999
In the morning I spent 3 hours at the Lansing farm outside of Dyersville, Iowa. That is the farm and baseball field where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed. It is a very peacefull setting with the baseball field amongst the corn fields.
I arrived at Charles Mound in early afternoon. The property owners have a very long, one-lane driveway through their farm back to their house. They have marked special parking for people wishing to visit the highpoint. The walk up to Illinois' highpoint is a short walk to the back of their property. They have taken great care to make the highpoint a welcome to all visitors. They have done nice landscaping around the highpoint and have constructed a nice marker. There are even 2 lawn chairs next to the register notebook. They've made copies of the register and the entire visitation log going back to 1995 is there to look through.
I was the only visitor at the time to Charles Mound. The day before there were 5 or 6 visitors.
Upon leaving, I ran into the property owners and was able to thank them personally for allowing me to visit Illinois' highpoint.