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Walnut Grove Explodes

Updated on March 15, 2013

Little House Went Out With a Bang!

Little House on the Prairie ended with an bang, in 1984. Literally, a bang! In the final episode (actually a movie) the residents of that beloved town of Walnut Grove blow it up with dynamite - the whole town with the exception of the church. One by one, each man blows up his building. What a sight! A surreal, albeit bitter sweet, end to a timeless series that is still airing in syndication over twenty five years since it ended.

If you missed this finale, you missed a lot. It is certainly worth the look.

The Explosions

Little House: The Last Farewell - The Little House on the Prairie Finale

Originally aired, on February 6, 1984, as a two-hour movie. When offered in syndication, it is shown as either a two-part episode or in its entirety.

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Explosions - Little House on the Prairie Blows Up
Explosions - Little House on the Prairie Blows Up

How it all came about...

Why They Blew up Walnut Grove

During Charles and Caroline's visit to Walnut Grove, in 1901, the residents of Walnut Grove learn that a railroad tycoon, Nathan Lassiter, actually holds deed to Hero Township.

Apparently, when they claimed the land, it had not been legal since it was not deemed as homesteading land. Meanwhile, Mrs. Oleson is seriously ill and is in a hospital in Minneapolis. The residents ask Charles to contact an attorney, but despite their best efforts, the residents are unable to drive Mr. Lassiter away.

When they attempt to resist with force, Mr. Lassiter comes back with a detachment of Union troops who order everyone to leave. Though Mr. Lassiter demands the residents' instant evacuation, the soldiers allow the residents to remain until Easter Sunday.

In a fit of anger about the situation, Laura smashes out the windows of her boarding house. At the town meeting about the problem, Laura tells about breaking the windows and encourages others to do similar damage to their buildings, so Mr. Lassiter does not have it easy taking over their homes and businesses.

Another resident takes this plan a step further by offering a wagon full of dynamite meant for the mines. So, angered at the injustice done to them, the residents decide that they should send a (literally) explosive message to Mr. Lassiter that he can have the land, but not the town. They invite the leaders of nearby towns to see how they dealt with the problem, so Mr. Lassiter would not try to strong arm them as well.

The Last Farewell

This is a cut down edited fan video that highlights the last episode and shows the explosions.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I haven't thought about that show in very long time. I guess they can't do much about a TV movie to update or give a Christmas special. I think quite a few of the cast are gone now. But, the original book series will likely last forever.

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      Great show.

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      bechand 6 years ago

      This was just on !!! How old is this lens ? Did you just do it when it was on recently?

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm sorry to admit that I haven't seen the episode and had no idea how the series ended, but now I know. Wow!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: IT'S A TV SHOW!!!!!!!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I've practically memorized every episode of Little House. One of tv's greatest series.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      No seems to address the legal premise of this ending.

      That lawyer they went to was an unimaginative putz, with no sense of original legal theory. Probably was bought off by Lassiter.

      Someone was responsible for the townspeople believing the land was homesteading land, someone and the Bureau of Land Management. The townspeople could have sued the Bureau in claims for their misinformation.

      Secondly, although Lassiter may have owned the the real property, the houses etc were not owned by him. The people could have literally moved their houses to another location.

      Furthermore, a claim could be made that since Lassiter didn't assert any ownership rights for 20 years, he may have forfeited control rights, even if not ownership rights, meaning even if the people didn't own the property, he could not evict without cause, albeit permittedly charging them with rent.

      Given some thought, I am sure other legal actions could have effected.

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      Annie McMahon 8 years ago from New Jersey

      My kids are now discovering the series, which used to be my favorite. I'm re-discovering it as well. Thanks for this wonderful lens!

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      WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      My favorite... I admit that I have watched every episode possible at least twice!

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      GumboWriters123 8 years ago

      I love the Little House

      Great lens

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      [in reply to Cari_Kay] I LOVE Avonlea. I completely attribute the recent increase in the names Abigail and Olivia to that show.

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      Kay 8 years ago

      I've watched the series with the children. Because of subject matter, some episodes were skipped but we did see the final episode. Wonderful series. We're now watching Road to Avonlea which I recommend to anybody who loved the Little House series.

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      CeleryStalker LM 8 years ago

      I used to watch this show but didn't know about this either... neat! I hope it didn't help encourage other people vandalizing someone else's property though, today's economy sure is leading to a lot of people destroying their homes when they can't pay for it :(

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Never knew about this episode! I agree with Evelyn but I tend to think of the books and the tv series as completely separate entities. One is one of the best book series ever written, and factual; the other is complete fiction but also enjoyable.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      Are you kidding me? I had no idea that this was how the show ended and I watched it all the time as a kid. What an unbelievable and truly surprising ending. Totally awesome lens!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I loved Little House but did not remember the final episode. Great lens!

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      papawu 8 years ago

      I wasn't a big fan of the show when I was a kid. I did watch it on occasion, but definitely do not remember the ending. They blew up the town??!!! OMG.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      I had no idea...and I watched Little House on the Prairie!

      Nicely done lens;blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Paul 9 years ago from Montreal

      The Star Wars vs. Walnut Grove clip is hilarious.

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      acautrell 10 years ago

      Great lens! I read all the Little House books as a child before I saw the Little House series (in reruns by then). I always wondered what Laura Ingalls Wilder would have thought about what they did to her life story. The final episode was sad and bizarre at the same time.

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      Evelyn Saenz 10 years ago from Royalton

      I love the Little House books but find that the TV series takes away from the original stories. At the very least I believe that one should read the books first in order to get a feel for the real characters, the history of the time, and the issues of the time.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I love little house....I can watch it over and over and it never gets old to me. The best that was ever made

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      joanv334 10 years ago

      I love Little House...enjoyed your lens! 5 stars