Little House on the Prairie - August 2009

August 26, 2009

Day 6 of our trip started with the Laura Ingalls Tour of De Smet, South Dakota.  We started at the Cemetery; at Pa's gravesite. His headstone was the only original headstone left in the family.  We then visited Grace's gravesite (who wasn't buried with the family, but instead was buried with her husband about 100 feet away).  Next we went downtown for the tour which included visits in the first home of the Ingalls, the Surveyor's house and the house the Pa built.  This was the final home for Ma & Pa.  We finished our tour in De Smet with a visit to the Homestead about a mile outside of town and finally some pictures downtown before starting our trip back home.

Were not allowed to take pictures inside the two houses, but the house that Pa built, I "accidentally" got few pictures inside.  No idea how that happened.

We  headed south to the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD, Bull & Buffalo status in Mitchell, SD before heading east. We happened to come across the Porter Sculpture Park on I-90, that had some really interesting pieces, including the 60 foot Bull. 

Our last stop for the day was a small attraction that has a herd of 100 Buffalos in South Dakota. We finally headed south for Omaha, Nebraska for the night.

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Pa's original headstone,

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Grace and her husband

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Surveyor's house, the house the Ingalls lived in for the winter in the book On the Shores of Silver Lake

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prairie flowers

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can't take pictures inside the houses

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replica of the school Laura taught in

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tour guide in replica school

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school Laura, Carrie and Grace attended

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inside the school

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Mitch going to school

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class in session, led by Naomi  :)

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House that Pa built

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last house for the Ingalls, Laura didn't live her, but everyone else did

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Shelves Pa built in the hosue

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this is side by side in the Kitchen

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bedroom, forgot, not allowed pictures, but don't tell me and the other lady snapping pictures  :)

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really nice doll

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allowed upstairs since there is an outside entrance

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after Pa died, Ma rented out the rooms upstairs

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rooms upstairs, one has Graces stuff in it

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once has Carrie's stuff

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view of back yard from upstairs porch

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a suit of Laura's

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Laura's nightgown and other stuff of her's

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replica school, discovery area for kids

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site where Pa built the family house on the Prairie in De Smet

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Cotton Woods that Pa planted

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cotton wood

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this is an interactive homesite, build on the Ingalls property

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tower to view the Ingalls Prairie

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view from tower

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you can camp in these wagons

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I need horses!!!

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barn with animals to pet

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wagon ride, the kids get to drive

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My pocket pony.  He followed me around, I wanted to take this baby home, but he was still nursing

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cute kids dressed up like Laura and boys of that time period

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original school, that was down the road from the Ingalls house, though Laura didn't teach at it

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school is in session

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Donny awaiting his turn to drive

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pump the water

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replica of the house that Pa built on this prairie

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Donny learning to do laundry

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now he can do his own clothes

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prairie garden

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there is my pocket pony

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pocket pony's mom

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this little one is only 5 days old

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petting the cute little baby

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plows

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there is my baby again

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nursing

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Main St De Smet

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playing checkers in the Loftus Store

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sitting in a rocking chair, taking in the sites of Main St De Smet

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cute looking gas station

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Corn Palace, Mitchell SD

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they had their annual festival this week, so pictures were hard to get

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that is allot of corn art

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amazingly cool building

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corn!!!

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Donny and his friend Zeke

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Mitchell in Mitchell

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Corn in front of Corn Palace

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this would have been great, if it was still in business

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this is my dream car, in Pink

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one last picture of the Corn Palace

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really big Butt

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restaurant in Mitchell SD

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Donny and another friend

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down the street from the other cow, in front of the Corn Palace motel.  Doesn't look nice, don't stay there

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But shot

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Rabbit on the side of the road

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found this driving down the interstate

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when you crest the hill on the interstate, you can see the horn rise up out of the corn!!

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me with a giant hammer

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Mitch with the bull

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inside the bull

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Donny loved this dragon

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fishy

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buffalo at a gas station/road side attraction

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put quarters in the machine and these things move

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This is singing Sam, he sang and played the piano

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buffalo on a mound of mud and hey

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sunset in SD

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