Laura Ingalls Wilder became an adult in De Smet, South Dakota. She was a teenager when her family moved into the small house before it was even a town. Her father built a shop building and then started a homestead out on the prairie. Eventually he built a home in town for his wife. Laura had her own farm home in the country. All of these places can be seen or at least the spot that they where built can be seen in De Smet. South Dakota.
You can spend a day just driving to all of the places associated with Laura Ingalls Wilder in De Smet, South Dakota. She lived in many places in the area.
The first house that Laura’s family lived in is smaller then I thought when I saw it. The house is small but it is still in very good shape.
The shop building that Pa had built is no longer there. Laura wrote in her book that she helped Pa roll hay into rolls so they could burn it in a coal stove for heat. It was a very hard winter as they had run out of coal to burn so they needed to burn the hay. The whole town had a very hard time surviving that cold hard winter that the family lived in the shop building.
In 1880 Pa Ingalls staked a claim in a homestead and moved his family into a tar paper shack that was hot in the summer and cold in the winter. While the family lived in the shack Pa was busy busting sod to plant fields of crops. This land is still there for you to see in the countryside of De Smet.
Laura left her parents home to marry and she moved into her own nice little farm house. She lived in it with her husband until it burned down. This homestead land is still there to see.
Eventually Pa and Ma Ingalls moved to a house in De Smet where they lived until they died. This house is still in town.
The Ingalls family move around a lot as they were trying to settle down in the town of De Smet, South Dakota. The town is rich in history of Laura Ingalls wilder and her family. You can come and see the places where Laura and her family lived. If you would like to know more you can go to http://www.ingallshomestead.com/.