Independence, Kansas in the Past
This was the destination of the Ingalls first journey westward. When they settled, only a few homesteaders and the Osage Natives were there. Laura and her family lived there for two years, and Carrie was born here.
It is here where Little House on the Prairie took place, Laura’s most popular and successful book. It is not known if Pa ever filed a claim here, but they were eventually forced to leave their little log house with the glass windows behind.
The Ingalls family travelled back to Pepin, Wisconsin and their Little House in the Big Woods when they left Independence, although the books have them travelling directly to Walnut Grove.