PRAIRIE TRIP PART 5
Saturday afternoon we departed from Alan and Roselle, and drove to Iola Kansas where we had dinner in a colorful small town restaurant, and spent the night.
Sunday morning we decided to explore the town, and we went to the heart of town, and this is what it looked like around 11 AM. The streets were almost deserted!
We stopped to read about General Funston.
This is the Funs ton house.
Then we found this historic landmark -- One of the earliest jails built in the state. Apparently there was public unrest because there were no jails, and the criminals had to be kept in boarding houses at the county's expense, and all the criminals were laughing. So around 1865 there was an election to approve $8000 to build a jail. It was bitterly fought, but passed. They built this state of the art two story jail using the local limestone, and proudly announced that no one would ever escape again. Within a month some prisoners cut the iron bars and 4 escaped! Later a prisoner made an "involuntary escape" when a mob broke in to the jail and dragged him our and hanged him!
We stopped at a roadside rest and found this nice display of the tall prairie grass, with the wild native sunflower growing in it's midst. Note that the sunflower is the state flower of Kansas
We drove through Independence, Kansas on our way to see this house, which is a reconstruction of the famous "LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE" made famous by LAURA INGALLS WILDER'S famous series of books about her childhood growing up in the mid west. Marie's goal for this trip is to see as much of the Laura sites as she can.
The inside of the one room cabin. It also has one window, one door, and one fireplace. It was very cozy!
The fireplace is behind Marie.
This is a replica of the "Little Shepherdess" describe in the books, sitting on the simple mantelpiece.
This cat seemed very happy here by the front door.
This is tough to read, but it gives an indication of how much her father loved to move on to new places. I think that she wrote nine books in the series.
Another view of the "LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE"
The site is privately owned and they have brought in this old school, and an old post office building to enhance the experience.
Inside the school house. Teachers in those days had to teach all grades.
After we finished here we drove East into southern Missouri to the town of CARTHAGE, MO.