This was the spot where the homestead claim shanty of Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder stood.
This shanty, located on the hilltop, was the birthplace of the Laura Ingalls Wilder’s only surviving child, Rose Wilder Lane. Mrs. Lane became a well-known novelist, journalist and political essayist. Her last reporting assignment took her to Viet Nam in 1965, where at 78 she was the oldest war correspondent. Rose was the one responsible for convincing her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, to write the Little House books.
This is where the Wilder's lived during their early married life, experiencing the fire that destroyed their home, the death of an infant son and other natural disasters which were part of the daily lives of the South Dakota pioneers.
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote, “No one who has not pioneered can understand the fascination and terror of it.”
Copyright 2017 Susan Rissi Tregoning
June 18th, 2017
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