On Laura’s Trail, Part 2

The next stops on the Laura Ingalls Wilder trail were Walnut Grove, Minn.; Pepin, Wis.; and Burr Oak, Iowa. The first town celebrated the “Little House on the Prairie” TV show more than the books; the second town was the setting for the first book, “Little House in the Big Woods”; and the third town was not part of the original books at all. Walnut Grove, Minnesota The Ingalls lived a mile or two north of Walnut Grove, first in … Continue reading

On Laura’s Trail, Part 1

While planning Le Voyage Extraordinaire and researching possible waypoints along our indefinite odyssey across the country, we discovered that the path kept intersecting with places that had a connection with Laura Ingalls Wilder and her “Little House” series. Pepin, Wisconsin — “Little House in the Big Woods” Independence, Kansas — “Little House on the Prairie” Maple Grove, Minnesota — “On the Banks of Plum Creek” De Smet, South Dakota — “By the Shores of Silver Lake,” “The Long Winter,” “Little Town … Continue reading