Little House On The Prairie
This site, just outside the city of Independence, is one of the locations where Laura Ingalls-Wilder lived as a child. In her adult life, Laura authored the series of books on which the 1970's era TV show "Little House On The Prairie" was based. The origional cabin is gone, but this cabin was built according to the description of the Ingalls' home in the book "Little House on the Prairie. The family lived here for about a year (1869 - 1871), during which time Carrie was born.
Also at the site is the Sunny Side School House
and the Post Office
This building was the US Post Office in Wayside, KS which is about 2 miles away. It was closed in 1977 and moved here in 1978. The boxes that you see to the right in the picture below are the origional boxes. They were used from 1885 until the post office was closed in 1977. Prior to being housed in this building they held mail in a variety of places that served as post offices, including: 2 homes, 2 grocery stores, a saloon, and a drug store! The stories they could tell if they could talk!
The farm as it appears today.
This old farm house now serves as the visitor center. There are public restrooms behind it to the left, a hand dug well directly behind it (pictured below), and picnic tables beneath the shade trees behind it to the right.
Sunny Side School, Post Office, Ingalls' Cabin (in the shade of the trees).
Even though the people at the visitor center said the cat was a stray, mom still wouldn't let me chase it no matter how much I insisted I was sure no one would mind. Spoil sport!