This year marks the 145th anniversary of when the Charles Ingalls family – Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura and little Carrie – homesteaded near Independence.
The family settled in the southeastern corner of Kansas, drawn by the Homestead Act of 1862, which offered 160 acres of “free land” to settlers who would farm and live on it for five years.
Laura Ingalls Wilder later wrote down her childhood experiences. Her stories chronicling frontier life of the late 19th century became one of the most beloved series of children’s books. Although she wrote nine books, the one about her family’s time in Kansas, “Little House on the Prairie,” is the best known.
This year also marks other milestones in Kansas history. Among significant anniversaries:
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