The Replica Cabin - outside
Small house. Not like the one they had in the TV show with the loft where the girls slept and the big fireplace.... I heard that the leading cause of death of these frontier women was fire. The second leading cause of death was childbirth.
Today a friend Melany and I headed out from KC and did a 700 mile loop through KS, OK, AR and MO to get ABC’s of Touring points and some Presidential Race points. She was on her Harley and I was on my 2005 Harley Sporster. We had a blast. But one of the things we pulled over to enjoy was the “Little House on the Prairie House”. Riding on HWY 75 we saw the sign and I asked Mel if she was up for a ‘drive by’ to see it. With a smile on her face she says “sure”. It was 2.5 miles off the hwy were we on. When we pull up I pulled out the camera to get a picture from the road, but Mel makes it clear that we will be going in and checking it out. For the rest of the day she would say I was the one that kept us from getting home at a decent time.
It’s a replica cabin on the actual site that the Ingalls lived. The 3 daughter was born here. The cabin was built per the description of it in the first Wilder books.
Its located in
Wayside KS (N37 07.339 W95 52.219). Which is really, really small. Wayside is half way between Elk City KS and the OK border. I know, I know where the heck is Elk City.
The log cabin was open for anyone to go through it. They requested donations and had a locked mailbox with a slot in the top to deposit the donations in. We each left a buck. They were having a festival of some sort that was to start at 1PM. The singers were just getting warmed up as we left. They used bails of hay for audience seating, yep were are in the country. We were there probably a half hour when we decided to grab a hotdog to save time later eating. The hotdogs were near ready, they planned to grill them, but the boy scouts that were going to start the campfire were not there yet. I didn’t care if it was cold or not, but she offered to nuke it. It was 12:57 when they sold us a couple nuked wieners. They were so friendly and accommodating. The site also had the Wayside Post Office, an old country school and a gift shop that
MEL AND ME
What started as a drive by ended up being the good part of an hour stop.
sold a bunch of her books. I didn’t pick any up but I kind of think they were coloring books. They were that size and not too many pages in each book.
This was neat stop and I would recommend that if you are in the area, stop and enjoy the history available here. It is put together well and a welcoming place to be. There is a peace about the place.
Effie passed the 107K mile mark on the trip.
Information on other Prairie Passage Sites can be found here:
Information at the house said their website was:
but I have not gotten the link to work.
I did find the link below that had all kinds of site on Laura Ingalls Wilder:
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