Sunday, August 24, 2008

Travelin' Down the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway

Back to Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Her parents, Charles and Caroline rarely stayed put in one place for long. In the 1870s and 1880s, they "moved more than seven times mostly due to Pa's wanderlust, failed crops and family tragedies."

A 312-mile stretch of highway from her birthplace in Pepin, Wisconsin, in 1867, to a homestead in De Smet, South Dalota. was renamed the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway in 1999.

Other sites along the way:

Burr Oak, Iowa-- Wilder's childhood home.
Spring Valley, Minnesota-- Laura Ingalls Wilder connection?
Walnut Grove, Minnesota-- On US-14-- farmed land here until grasshoppers destroyed their crop.
De Smet, South Dakota-- Wilder attended school regularly here and met her future husband Almanzo.

So, Now You Know, Bonnetheads. --RoadDog

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