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Get to Know the Real Carrie Ingalls

Updated: Jun 3

Have you ever wondered what became of the real Carrie Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie? Not the adorable actresses who played the part - but the Carrie born to Charles and Caroline Ingalls back in August of 1870.

Well, at Gravel Road Markets LLC, we strive to bring a sense of uniqueness to all of our fan events - and the Little House on the Prairie 50th Anniversary cast reunion fan events are no exception!

We wanted to take a look at the many times overlooked middle Ingalls gal - Carrie.

Born in 1870 in Indian Territory just thirteen miles from Independence, Kansas, and while she may have been portrayed as timid on the television show, history recounts her as anything but timid, despite her health struggles throughout her life.

In the days when women were in the home, Carrie was a single woman making a name for herself as a newspaper woman.

In 1911 while in her early forties, Carrie moved to Keystone, South Dakota - known as Dakota Territory during her growing up years. It was here she met widower, miner, and father of two young children, David N. Swanzey. They were wed two days before Carrie's forty-second birthday on August 1, 1912.

Upon marrying Swanzey, Carrie left her career to become not only a wife, but also a mother to Swanzey's two young children - Mary and Harold.

Making history, Carrie's husband David was also part of the team that named Mount Rushmore - formerly known as Cougar Mountain and Keystone Cliffs among other names. Also, son Harold (who was only 6 when the couple married) helped carve what is now Mount Rushmore and his name is carved in the granite at the site.

In honor of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey, the sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder, we have some special locations picked out for three of our Little House on the Prairie 50th Anniversary Cast Tour Fan Events!

Also, the Little House on the Prairie cast will be gathering in Keystone, South Dakota where Carrie and David Swanzey made their home, carved their mark on American history, and left a legacy that remains to this day. Come spend the weekend in the Black Hills of South Dakota - the home of Mount Rushmore - and the location for a historic Little House on the Prairie 50th Anniversary Cast Reunion Fan Event in July! Make a family vacation memory!

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Bringing you original cast members along with history and fun is what Gravel Road Markets LLC is all about! For information on all the Little House on the Prairie 50th Anniversary events taking place in 2024 across the United States, click here.

We hope to see you somewhere Along the Gravel Road in 2024! For a list of all of our upcoming events click our logo below!

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