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laura ingalls wilder museum

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The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum commemorates the Wilder family's time in the Walnut Grove area, as well as the pioneer lifestyle. There are several Laura Ingalls Wilder Museums across the country; this one has a series of interesting buildings, including a railroad depot, a chapel, an onion-domed house, a dugout display, an antique doll collection, and more.

What makes this Wilder location truly unique is the Wilder pageant play that is held every weekend in July. Built into a hillside amphitheater, the play draws large crowds and has extensive lighting, sound, and pyrotechnics. Yeah, you read that right...pyrotechnics.

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laura ingalls wilder dugout site

from laura ingalls wilder posted in literature by pete_nice

Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie book series, lived with her family at this location (1.5 miles north of Walnut Grove) on the banks of Plum Creek from 1874 to 1876. After three consecutive crop failures, the family moved to Burr Oak, IA to help operate the Masters Hotel.

The historical significance of the location was unknown to the owners until Garth Williams, an illustrator of Laura's books, had researched the Wilder family's trail in courthouse records. He approached the owners with the information, and the unusual depression near the creek was determined to be the remains of Wilder dugout home.

Today, the site is maintained by the owners of the property and is open to the public. Twenty-five acres of the surrounding land have been replanted with native grasses to enhance the experience.

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