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If you build it, will they come?

In "Field of Dreams," they built the ballfield, and Shoeless Joe Jackson came as a ghostly apparition out of an Iowa cornfield.

In Lewis County, at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, they're doing a lot of building in hopes folks will come, too.

There isn't much corn to be found, nor hide nor hair of Shoeless Joe.

But an 18-hole golf course is starting to emerge out of the wooded, watery park lands. As is a 96-unit lodge and convention center that will feature indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa and meeting facilities.

Stonewall Jackson already is a big draw for fishermen. Now, state and Lewis County officials are trying to draw travelers along either Interstate 79 or Corridor H.

Get them to stay a day or two, the theory goes, and at least a few are likely to like it here, and come back to live -- or better yet, bring a business.

Lewis County is almost in the geographical center of the state, which gives it a good chance to succeed.

And the fact that Interstate 79 and Corridor H converge in Weston, along with U.S. 33 and U.S. 19, make this a major crossroad.

It's a commendable idea, and -- depending on how well the builders do their work -- one that has a good chance at success.

We wish the project well.

Today's editorial reflects the opinion of the Exponent editorial board, which is comprised of James G. Logue, Kevin S. Courtney, Patrick M. Martin, Matt Harvey, Nora Edinger and J. Cecil Jarvis.

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