A few years back, we visited a Kansas site called “Little House on the Prairie.”

A few years back, we visited a Kansas site called “Little House on the Prairie.” Did Laura Ingalls and family really live there?

Donald Cole

Corinth, Texas

Yep, that was one of the Ingalls’s homes, 13 miles southwest of Independence. The reconstructed cabin sits on the original site where Laura Ingalls and her family lived from 1869-71. All the physical references she wrote about can be found in the area. This was the Ingalls’s first home on their westward experience that inspired Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories, the best known being Little House on the Prairie. She was the author of eight children’s books referred to as the “Little House” series, and four published posthumously. They became the basis for Michael Landon’s 1974-83 TV series Little House on the Prairie.

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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.