fixer upper

Under $75K Thursday – Circa 1855 Kansas Fixer Upper $75K – Pending

This fixer upper has a wonderful history. When Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband Almanzo and daughter Rose traveled through Franklin County on their way to what would be their permanent home in Mansfield, Missouri, they stopped at this rusticated block home. She later mentioned it in one of her books.





The property is located in Lane, Kansas, originally Shermanville after the pro-slavery brothers who founded the town. After the Pottawatomie Massacre in 1856, the community was renamed for the abolitionist James Lane during which time a number of pro-slavery men were killed by John Brown‘s militant posse.

Per the Franklin County Historical Society, the Baker family settled in Pottawatomie Township a year earlier in 1855 and constructed this rusticated block house on the outskirts of Lane.

In 1894, the Wilder family was passing through, and the house made such an impression that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote a passage about it in her book entitled

On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894.

We reached Lane at 4 o’clock and had old Pet shod.The blacksmith came from Kentucky two years ago and looks just like the pictures of a Kentucky man. He has 130 acres of bottom land running down to Pottawatomie River, and a stone house as large as any house in De Smet [South Dakota]. It is very handsome and perfectly finished. The house stands on Main Street in Lane and the land lies northwest from it. He is going back to Kentucky and wants to sell. Asks $4300 for shop, house and land. — August 17, 1894.

Click here to see and read about the Wilder home in Mansfield, Missouri.





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