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Have you ever wondered about the buildings of Mansfield?

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Have the Buildings in Mansfield Struck You as Odd?

This is something I have wondered about on every trip to Mansfield.  As you are driving along you will notice lots of buildings covered with a red rock facing. It pretty clearly is a facing which always struck me as strange. Around where I live buildings made of stone are made of stone, big solid walls of it, but this appears to be always like a rock version of vinyl siding. I never could quite figure out the point.

The Wilder Town House

I was especially interested because Laura’s house in town, which was clapboard sided when she lived there (according to the “Just as I am Without One Plea” photo), and the Friendship House were both sided in this strange manner. It turns out that this is just a regionalism, that it was just something that…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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