A while back on this blog, I reviewed material by and about Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane. Now, here’s an article about Walnut Grove, the town in Minnesota where Laura Ingalls Wilder did some of her growing up.
It’s easy to characterize Walnut Grove as just another sleepy town in south western Minnesota. On the surface, there is little to distinguish it from other villages in the region. There’s a water tower, a small diner and the ubiquitous railway line. Peak hour traffic and traffic lights are non-existent. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that Walnut Grove has special literary and historical significance. As the former childhood home of pioneer author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, the town offers more for visitors than is immediately apparent. Instead of driving straight ahead, slow down and take the turn into town. In doing so, you’ll discover plenty of ways to spend a full day in the real locale that inspired the famous Little House® book, On the Banks of Plum Creek.
Laura Ingalls Wilder never mentioned the town of Walnut Grove by name in her books, but in 1974 when…
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