Laurens, Iowa: Hometown of Lawnmower Man

Laurens is still wrestling with its legacy of Alvin Straight's drive of 240 miles on a lawn mower in 1994.
Address:
Laurens, IA
Hours:
The mower is owned by William Chaffee. Call him at the newspaper office. (Call to verify)
Phone:
712-841-4541
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House of Lawn Mower Man Burns; Mower Safe

In the summer of 1994, Alvin Straight of Laurens, Iowa, drove 240 miles to visit his ailing brother in Mount Zion, Wisconsin -- on a lawn tractor. Alvin was 73, had bad eyes, no driver's license, and didn't trust public transportation.... [07/29/2007] Complete News Story

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