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who is the founder of Walnut Grove?

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    pjlcinn

    [1]Apr 29, 2007
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    Does any one know?  i think I do but would like other input.  Then we can discuss the history of the community some.
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    ceosmom

    [2]Apr 29, 2007
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    In the show, it's Lars Hansen.  I can't say if this is the case in the books. 
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    Zwingli4

    [3]Apr 30, 2007
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    Maybe you should check and see if Walnut Grove MN has a web site. A lot of small towns do. My old home town of Lake Geneva Wisconsin has a web site, and the town only has a population of about 4,000, although it is a popular tourist destination.
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    Zwingli4

    [4]Apr 30, 2007
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    Okay I just checked out the town website at www.walnutgrovemn.org. They didn't mention a founder, but rather implied the town grew organically out of a small settlement. A Mr. Bledel was the first president when the town was incorporated, and someone named Charles Ingalls was the first justice of the peace.
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    pjlcinn

    [5]Apr 30, 2007
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    Interesting. Like Ceosmom said, there is mention of Lars Hanson being the founder in a particular episode. I think there is a sign at the town outskirt that said "Welcome to Walnut Grove : Founded by Lars Hanson" or something like that. Could be in the show where those goofy bankrobbers take Mr Olson hostage. Boy that episode is a hoot! Or was that the sign that said "You are now entering Walnut Grove. Visit Olson's Merchantile." I also remember in a episode that Mr Hanson sold land to the Ingalls - their original claim.
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    catsmeow3

    [6]Apr 30, 2007
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    They erected the sign right after Mr Hanson died in "There's No Place Like Home", it said he founded WG in 1840.
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    jamesMoo

    [7]May 12, 2007
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    Zochert's book talks about the real founding of Real Walnut Grove.
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