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Railroad Camp Shanty
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
N 44° 23.187 W 097° 32.647
14T E 615964 N 4915827
Quick Description: Located in DeSmet SD.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 7/26/2006 8:05:07 AM
Waymark Code: WMJ9K
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member showbizkid
Views: 8

Long Description:
This is the Surveyors House from Laura Ingalls Wilders Little House books.
In December 1879, after the railroad workers left for the winter, the Ingalls family moved into the Surveyors' House on the north shore of Silver Lake, near what is now the town of De Smet, South Dakota. The surveyors had left behind coal for the stove and plenty of food, including flour, beans, salt meat, potatoes, jars of pickles and canned peaches. During the winter Pa played his fiddle and everyone sang. He played jigs and reels, polkas and waltzes. Laura and Carrie danced around the room. Pa said they were “snug as bugs in a rug.” Early in the spring, settlers started arriving at the house on their way to find new land, and the Ingalls family offered them room and board.

Laura was twelve when she moved to Dakota Territory in 1879. She and her family stayed in this house during one winter and spring
Street address:
1st and Olivet Sts.
DeSmet, SD USA


County / Borough / Parish: Kingsbury

Year listed: 1973

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1875-1899

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: yes

Hours of operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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