Iowa's Field (And Pump) Of Dreams

With gasoline prices rising to record highs, Hawaii has become the first state to put a cap on the price refiners can charge. The average pump price for self-serve regular in Hawaii is $2.76 a gallon -- 15 cents above the national average.

CBS News Correspondent Jim Axelrod is driving coast to coast, and he reports from Dubuque, Iowa, where prices are decidedly lower than in Hawaii.

In the movie, "Field of Dreams," James Earl Jones says "If you build it, they will come." Well, they built it. And the tourists, they are coming — in fact, more this summer than usual.

Looking for the silver lining on the rising gas prices? Try Iowa.

Pushing west, we weren't about to fill up in Illinois – not when gas is 17 cents a gallon cheaper in Iowa.

Goodbye Illinois at $2.71. Hello Iowa: $2.54.

Tony Steiner understands perfectly. He owns a flower shop in Illinois. But three or four times a week he crosses into Iowa to fill his delivery van with cheaper gas.

"Oh yeah, it adds up in the long run, especially when you're running around 50 to 100 miles a day running deliveries," Steiner said.

It's not just people looking for cheaper gas coming to Iowa. It's people looking for a cheaper vacation.

Tourism is up 10 percent – mostly people from within a two- or three-hour drive away.

Bernice Hayes of Muskego, Wisconsin told Axelrod that if gas were cheaper, she would take longer trips.

Hayes has taken the Fenelon Place Elevator, billed as the world's shortest and steepest – if not slowest – railroad to see the Mississippi River.

"That's a beautiful view of the Mississippi River," says Hayes.

That's the deal in this summer of compromise.

"I wouldn't mind going out to New York," said Hayes.

"So why don't you go?" Axelrod asked.

"Can't afford it," she replied.

They're coming for the bridges of Madison County, the Mississippi River Aquarium, and the Field of Dreams – which is just perfect for Jeff Keniston from Galesburg, Illinois.

"It's so significant now, pushing $3.00 a gallon now. It's just outrageous," Keniston said. "I mean you really have to think twice before you just up and run off."

So this summer, "vacation" for the Kenistons means throwing a baseball around the Field of Dreams. That kind of takes the edge off the pain at the pump.

"Two and a half hour drive from heaven. What more can I say?" Keniston said.

No complaints here. Attendance at the Field of Dreams is at its highest levels for anytime since the movie came out 16 years ago.
  • Sean Alfano

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