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Ingalls House
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
N 44° 23.135 W 097° 33.266
14T E 615144 N 4915716
Quick Description: The home of Charles and Caroline Ingalls parents of the famous author Laura Ingalls Wilder in DeSmet SD. This house is now a museum with many interesting things inside to see.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 8/10/2006 8:27:35 AM
Waymark Code: WMKMN
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member showbizkid
Views: 15

Long Description:
Laura Ingalls Wilder lived the events described in her Little House books. As a young girl, she traveled with her parents and her older sister, Mary, in a covered wagon across Minnesota, Iowa, and Kansas, and into Indian Territory, where they lived in the Little House on the Prairie. Then the family traveled back to western Minnesota and lived on the banks of Plum Creek. Finally, they went west again and settled on the shores of Silver Lake in Dakota Territory.

Wilder's stories let readers see how pioneers lived in the 1870s and 1880s. The Ingalls family suffers through everything from grasshopper plagues to threats from hostile Indians, but their sense of fun, love, and family closeness never fades. Wilder won many honors for her books, which have been translated into 26 languages and were turned into a popular television series.

Three years after Laura left home, Charles and Caroline sold the Homestead they had built on the prairie and moved into a house in DeSmet. Charles built this house himself. They lived here for the remainder of their lives.
Street address:
210 3rd St. W
DeSmet, SD


County / Borough / Parish: Kingsbury

Year listed: 1975

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1875-1899

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: MUSEUM

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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