I mentioned this in a previous post, but just in case you missed it I'll say it again. Back in 2006, the hubby & I talked about going on a road trip that summer. We were driving from Oregon to Minnesota & back. We were going to visit all the "normal" places - Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, etc. I had saved a brochure from the last time we went to Minnesota about visiting Walnut Grove. I looked into it & found a number of LIW sites. There was no doubt about it, we had to visit them on our trip. And we did. And I loved, loved, loved those parts of our trip... I actually loved most of our trip. We visited some fabulous parts of our beautiful country. The only thing I can really complain about was our 9 month old son who didn't want to sleep at night - which got old by day 3 of our 21 days on the road.
I'm going to split my Walnut Grove pics into 3 separate posts like I did DeSmet. I posted my DeSmet pics first because coming from the west that's where we visited first. But, the Ingalls family actually lived near Walnut Grove before moving to DeSmet. This post is about the beloved Plum Creek - probably one of the most well known creeks of all time.
|I was absolutely giddy when we drove passed this sign.|
|LIW's On the Banks of Plum Creek monument along the side of the road. I'm not sure why the monument had to made to look like a headstone, but I was happy to see it.|
|Wildflowers in a field Laura probably ran in. This was across Plum Creek from their dugout.|
|Plum Creek! Can you believe it?! The Plum Creek.|
|I am standing on what the experts believe is the rock Laura refers to as Big Rock.|
|More of Plum Creek. It was wonderfully shady & cool on the warm day. I see why Laura liked it here.|
|Suspended over Plum Creek is a bridge. The bridge leads you to this site of Laura's dugout home on the banks of Plum Creek. The sign says: "The Charles Ingalls family's dugout home was located here in the 1870's. This depression is all that remains since the roof caved in years ago. The prairie grasses and flowers here grow much as they did in Laura's time, and the spring still flows nearby."|
We didn't stay here long, but it was probably my favorite LIW place we visited. It was quiet, virtually undisturbed & just felt like Laura to me.