Laurens Public Library
Events and Exhibits
City of Laurens
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the movie, check
director David Lynch's
Laurens, Iowa is the community where the movie "the
Straight story" was filmed in 1998. The streets, roads and home
where the picture was filmed are here for you to visit and
enjoy. See where Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek re-enacted
Alvin Straight's trip on a lawn mower to visit his ill brother in Wisconsin.
Come tour the Laurens
community. Sit on the actual lawn mower
that Alvin Straight drove on his
Let your journey begin in Laurens.
The Final Chapter
In July of 1996 Alvin started a mower trip to
Idaho. Near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota,
about 400 miles from Laurens, he was found in his pull trailer
suffering from dehydration and severe sunburn. He never fully
recovered from this, later suffering a stroke. He passed away
November 9, 1996 at a Sioux City, Iowa hospital. He was survived
by a brother, five sons, and two daughters.