Little House on the Prairie - August 2009

August 27, 2009

Day 7 - the last day of the trip.  Today was allot of driving. We drove through Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri & Arkansas. Our first stop was at the World's Largest Ball of String, in Weston, MO.  This is a small town northwest of Kansas City.

Next, we drove southwest of Kansas City to Paola, Kansas and lunch at the BBQ Shack (Drive-ins, Diners & Dives). The BBQ was good, but the side dishes were great. Naomi and I shared a BBQ Sandwich with a side of Corn on the Cob dipped in cheese and Warm Baked Potato Salad.

Our next stop was the final Laura Ingalls site in Independence, Kansas. The Official "Little House on the Prairie site.  It was a nice place, with friendly people. The "Prairie" was allot more hilly than I expected and allot more trees. We walked a nature trail with a few bridges made by a local Boy Scout troop and then continued our trip.

Our next stop was another from the Roadside America. We are in Kansas, so a little way from Independence is a "Yellow Brick Road" site in Sedan, Kansas.  The brick paths through town were interesting.  We also found this to be the birthplace of Emmett Kelly - The World Famous Clown.

Our final stop on vacation was in Baxter Springs at the Cafe on the Route. I think this was my favorite meal of the trip. A small diner that served up some great food in large quantities. I had a Aztec Chicken that was a little spicy, with some great seafood type soup and a twice baked potato. Naomi had Stuffed Lasagna and Donny had a Mac & Cheese dish.  Then we decided to end the meal with a little desert.  We decided on a Chocolate Brownie Sundae.  When it was delivered, I knew we were in trouble. The desert was served on a regular plate and had at least 4 scoops of ice cream ontop of a few pieces of cake and a ton of whipped cream. We could not finish it between the 3 of us.

Before leaving town, we stopped for a few pictures at the Rainbow Bridge on historical Route 66.  We finally arrived home around 9pm. A day we started at 6am. The end to a long day and long road trip. It was a good day & trip.

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tea pot water tower, hard to get a picture, going 90 down the interstate

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Largest ball of string

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close up of string

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warm potato salad. cheesy corn on the cob and bbq sandwich

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entry floor

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The official Little House on the Prairie site!!


The book by the same title was written about this town


replica of the cabin they lived in while in Wayside Kansas

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very small and 5 people lived here

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Original Wayside post office, that was around during the Ingalls time

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postal counter


back room of post office, is just storage


school, not sure if Laura attend it

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back of post office

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the prairie land the Ingalls lived on

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Letter Laura wrote to a school teacher and donated to the museum

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creek on the property

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walking the Ingalls prairie

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prairie flowers


small lake on the prairie

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Yellow Brick Road


The bricks aren't real yellow anymore

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cool buildings on Main Street Sedan Kansas


Movie Theater


Emmett Kelly on the Yellow Brick Road

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Emmett Kelly Museum, wasn't open, you have to call if you want to see it


Emmett Kelly outfit


hardware store


outside of the Emmett Kelly museum

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General Store and from what I could see, it had everything in it

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Wizard of Oz stuff in a Ice Cream shop

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Route 66 in Baxter Springs. this place is no longer in business

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Aztec Chicken, twice baked potato, Mitch's meal


yummy, Stuffed Lasagna


Donny with his mac and cheese with ham


small place, but nice to eat at

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cute bridge

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Rabbit on the side of the road, somewhere in south east Kansas


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