Little House on the Prairie - August 2009

August 25, 2009

Day five of our trip.  Today was Naomi's 25th Birthday; this trip was her present. We started the day at the hotel, as it was raining and most of our activities were outdoors. It gave me a chance to get yesterday's pictures posted.

After the rain stopped we started our day with a visit to the Sod House in Sanborn, Minnesota. This was a privately owned site.  The recreation was the best site we had seen to date on our trip of what life was really like in the 1800's on the Prairie.  After a short visit we continued on to Walnut Grove.

We spend most of the day in Walnut Grove touring Laura Ingalls Wilder sites.  Naomi walked around town touring following the map of local sites and then we drove out to the home site on the edge of Plum Creek.

We returned back to the Museum for one last tour before heading to De Smet, South Dakota for the night.  Once in De Smet, we stopped by the local sites and visited the cemetery before calling it a night.

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great place to experience pioneer life

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sod house

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attic in cabin

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time to play dress up


I could have worn the clothes as we toured the site, but I decided against it.

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Donny loves outhouses

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in the prairie

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cleaning the sod house


sod cutter

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town hasn't grown since Laura left

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recreation village of what the town use to be like during the Ingalls time

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cute church

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Donny needs to learn to play the organ

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picture of the Bell that Pa helped buy for his church

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this china is really pink, but it picture whitened them out and I wasn't using the flash.

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downtown Walnut Grove


not the original store

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Main Street Walnut Grove

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replica village

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if you look closely, the bell Pa helped buy, is in there

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This is the Master's hotel, but it is a private residence now


Plum Creek

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looking toward the Ingalls sod house and the prairie that was behind the house

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all that is left of the sod house.

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the fields that Pa use to farm

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The rock Laura use to play on

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This building is in the recreation building, is on it's original site.  It was built after the Ingalls had left Walnut Grove, but was left here, because it is an interesting building


jail cells

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this house is built the exact way Laura describe it in her book and the size was determined by what is left of the house

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Mantel from the TV show

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Donny in another outhouse

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Lake Benton



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lots and lots of windmills in the corn fields

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we didn't go see these guys, they are on the wrong side of the state



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Laura's son

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