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Laura Ingalls Wilder's legacy
In 1880, Laura Ingalls Wilder homesteaded with her parents in the country near De Smet (population: 1,000; 90 miles northwest of Sioux Falls). The Ingalls Homestead, on a rural spot, inspired four of the famous author's Little House books. Today, visitors can view several Laura Ingalls Wilder sites.
Explore a dozen historic buildings, many with hands-on activities, at the Ingalls Homestead. Pictured at left. (800) 776-3594; ingallshomestead.com
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes offers a guided tour of two of the Ingalls' houses in town as well as of De Smet's first school. (800) 880-3383; discoverlaura.org
The annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant is presented in July. (800) 880-3383; desmetpageant.org