Last night the Hubby asked me if we shouldn't take a trip out to Walnut Grove today, since they have a Laura Ingalls festival during the month of July every year.
So this morning we packed the kids into the car and drove out west.
There was a charming fair with a real blacksmith, and activities for the kids.
The Laura Ingalls Museum was full of artifacts from the time period, things which actually belonged to Laura and her family, and a ton of TV memorabilia since the show was set in Walnut Grove.
The dugout mentioned in On the Banks of Plum Creek is about a mile out of the main part of town, on the property of a local farmer.
The site is there, though it's little more than a slope in the side of the hill. The Elder was disappointed that there wasn't more of it, but after all it has been about 140 years since the Ingalls lived there.
The kids did get a thrill from actually going into Plum Creek.
I was very glad to have made the trip in our car, however, as it would have taken us 5-6 days in a covered wagon.