Remember when Ma and Pa hitched up the wagon and headed to "town" - we went through Sleepy Eye!!!!
What's the difference???? The dug out was literally dug out - dirt floors. Usually they were cave like and dug out into hills so that you only had to sod 1 full side. They were the poor mans sod house. But it didn't have to be built into anything - it simply means you started by digging out the floor for more room.
Once we learned all we could about how they lived... we moved on to WHERE they lived.... Walnut Grove - home of Laura Ingalls!
No stop in Walnut Grove is complete without lunch at Nellie's!
The girls wanted to see how they would look as little pioneer girls....
Everything Laura wrote in her books were real life. It was so interesting to "hear" Laura talk about her beloved memories in taped interviews. Like when she compared what Almonzo wore in the show vs. in real life.
Here is a picture of the real Ma and Pa Ingalls....
Once again, we got to check out a dugout similar to the one Laura's family settled in on Plum Creek. Plum Creek is only a few miles from the museum - but it was raining by the time we left so we didn't go, since there isn't a dugout left - just the impression of where it once was.