A little over 6 years ago, on my drive from Ohio (yes, I lived in Ohio for 8 months!) to Colorado, I spent some time "geeking out." My variety of geeking out involved visiting some Laura Ingalls Wilder sites. I actually planned my trip around these visits. I figured if I am going to drive halfway across the country, I should see some things along the way! Mansfield, Missouri, happened to be a reasonable place to stop without going out of the way, and it is where Laura spent most of her life and where she wrote the books. Mansfield is a tiny town, almost more of a village really, in the Ozark Mountains. I also attempted to visit the site of THE "Little House on the Prairie," in Independence, Kansas, but was prevented from doing so by extreme flooding. So, no pictures from that--though I did stay in Independence overnight. Below are pictures from Mansfield:
|Bust of Laura Ingalls Wilder in the town square in Mansfield.|
|The gravestone for Laura and her husband Almanzo in the cemetary in Mansfield.|
|The gravestone for Rose Wilder Lane, Laura & Almanzo's daughter.|
|View of the side and front of their house from the front lawn.|
|Me standing on the front porch. (And I must just add, thank goodness I have lost weight AND bought a new bra since then!)|
|The garage at the Rock House. For some reason, before I saw this and the guide mentioned that it had held the car that Laura drove, it had never even occurred to me that she may have driven a car! Duh, she rode in wagons!|
I have always wanted to share these...and hope one day to add images from trips to other home sites, so...
To be continued...