Little House on the Prairie - August 2009

August 23, 2009

Today was Day 3 of our trip.  We started the day with  quick stops at Pinky the Elephant, Muffler Man & Long Horn Steer.  Past many Amish families on their way to church.  The little girls looked like Laura in their bonnets.  

Making it to Spring Valley for the Laura Ingalls Church & Barn sites.  No pictures allowed in the church, which was crazy!!  Beautiful stain glass windows, but I couldn't take any pictures.  These is nothing in the church that belongs to Laura and the family, mostly just history of the town.  The tour was a bit long and boring.  Wish we could have done a self guided tour here.

After a long guided tour, we headed back to Burr Oak, Iowa for another guided tour of the Bank & Hotel associated with Laura Ingalls.  Laura did not write about her time in Butt Oak, it was time of which she consider not a good or happy time.  Grace was born in this town.  Tour was great.  Though other then the Hotel and Bank, there is nothing to this town.  I would recommend this stop, since there is allot of history here. The tour guide was great, very knowledgeable, even though he was just in college.

But stops were shorter than expected, so we arrived in Rochester, Minnesota for the night very early. We will get some much needed rest before a very long day tomorrow.

We crossed the Mississippi River for the 6th time this morning starting in Wisconsin, crossing into Iowa. We then crossed the state line between Iowa & Minnesota three times just north of Burr Oak, Iowa.

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windmills

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Amish families on their way to church

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Pinky butt shot

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I found Pinky!!

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Pinky is wearing Jellybeans hat! :)

 

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Naomi and Pinky

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Mitch and Pinky

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Long Horn and Cowboy

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Donny hugging Long Horn

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Butt Shot!!

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Church Laura, Almanzo and Rose attended

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Trying to ring the church bell

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Wilder Barn. 

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still a working farm

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Giant Cow

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Figured I needed at least one picture of these, since we keep seeing them

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Giant Fishy

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Burr Oak

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old bank

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this county's first bank robbery happened here

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Hotel the Ingalls managed and lived in

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Fantastic tour guide!!!! Best one on the whole trip.

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saloon

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owners room

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palor

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soft sculptures of the Ingalls family

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Ashton Drake dolls, why I don't have these dolls, I will never know!

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Every stop we went to, had one of these organs and the kids always got to play on them

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room off the palor

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Laura's handkerchiefs

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very narrow stairs

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upstairs rooms, very small and non had doors, heat more important then privacy

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showing how narrow the stairs are

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restaurant that Ma cooked for

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room the Ingalls lived in, right below the saloon, and off the kitchen/restaurant in the basement

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pantry

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Little House books in many languages

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Mural on the stairs leading to the basement

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basment

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back of the hotel with a covered wagon to play on

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creek where they got their water

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the Ingalls/Wilder park behind hotel

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there was once a house here, that Grace was born in

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back of hotel

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ready to ride cross the prairies in our covered wagon

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map of the Ingalls families travels

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picture taken by request of Carolyn

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Corn!

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Corn water tower

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corn coming and going

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Giant Rooster

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cool spinning art thing on the side of the street

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Duck

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world famous Mayo Clinic.

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Mayo Clinic park

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Donny in the hotel pool

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