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Jeanie Kirkpatrick (Director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum)

  • Known as the sickly Ingalls sister, in part due to hardships she endured during long winter of 1880-1881 in De Smet, Caroline Celestia Ingalls was born on May 2, 1870, 13 miles from the town of Independence in Montgomery County, Kansas. Like her father, Charles Ingalls, Carrie was an explorer. After high school, Carrie lived in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado, living in the state of South Dakota the longest. Some of these moves were to find places that would improve her health.