"This is not the real Little House on the Prairie" Walnut Grove by 78Eva

Walnut Grove Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 9 photos

Are you looking to visit the "Little House"?

This may seem an odd page and odd advice, but it is a general misunderstanding that "Walnut Grove" in Minnesota is the real Liltte House on the Prairie Location. This is due to the fact that the famous TV series was set here. In the series it appears that Laura and her family spent most of their lives in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. The Ingalls family moved a lot, so the series probably had to select one fixed location to keep all the characters in it.
It is true that the Ingalls family lived in Walnut Grove for a while, though not very long. "On the banks of Plum Creek" is the book that is set there.
Really, De Smet in South Dakota is the real "Little Town on the Prarie", and you can check out my page on De Smet or e-mail me about it.
In De Smet, there is the Ingalls prairie homestead as well as the railway house (where the family first lived) and their permanent town house - where after Laura and Almanzo moved to Missouri - family Ingalls continued to live.
While Walnut Grove may have something to show, De Smet is the real gem for Little House fans. You will find more there than expected!
The series is really such an incomplete, unreliable version of the Ingalls life and I'm not a very big fan of it.

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