Little Town on the Prairie LbNA # 32817
|Placed Date||Jul 10 2007|
|Location||De Smet, SD|
|Last Update||Sep 1 2013|
Explore Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little Town on the Prairie"
“School, church, and a part-time job were important to Charles Ingalls and his family. Ingalls Homestead met their wishes for it is only a mile from DeSmet. This land was perfect in many ways. It had good water and he could easily dig a well. He filed on this homestead at the land office in Brookings in February of 1880. For three months, during the winter of 1879-1880, the Ingalls family lived in the Surveyor's house along Silver Lake. After filing his claim in 1880, Pa built a little house on the homestead. The family lived and worked on the homestead except for the bitter winter months when they moved into town in the room above Pa's store.
August 25, 1885 was the day Almanzo Wilder and Laura Ingalls were married. Laura had lived on the homestead for five years. In 1886 Charles filed final papers and put the declaration in the DeSmet News. This 157.25 acre homestead cost Charles and Caroline $16.00 in filing fees.
The rest of the family lived on the homestead for another three years, until they moved into the house that Pa built in town."
Your adventure will take you to Ingalls family places
And, you’ll see, their history it traces.
Begin your adventure at the Wilder Memorial
Where you will find an Ingalls tutorial.
The Memorial Society set aside this location
In the hopes that you will stop on your vacation.
This is not the same as the visitor’s center
You need to go a bit more north in order to enter.
You can spot the cottonwood trees Pa planted here
Back in they day when he was a pioneer.
Park on the north and to the entrance sign walk
You are now headed to that giant rock.
The memorial marker be sure to read through
The number of Laura’s you should review.
When you are done take a moment -- reflect
To all the pioneers a moment of respect.
As you pass out of the gate be sure to take
Something to help you avoid a mistake
Review this new friend and decide if you will
Take the scenic route or just head to the hill.
Follow the directions exactly as printed
They put it bluntly—it isn’t hinted.
Follow the turns to family’s land
Where Ma can be found at Pa’s right hand.
Ma and Pa left in different years
Those who remained shed many tears.
Note the numbers of when their ends came
For Ma and for Pa—for each do the same.
One is clear and easy to read
For the other a rubbing you may need.
Follow this path to help find your way
Be very careful that you don’t stray.
Hageman, Fuller, Boast, then Baby
This is exact, I don’t mean maybe.
Warner, Loftus, Fish, and some more
Ogren, Voeltz, Beede explore.
Ohara is next and then Sturgeon you spy
At this point a number we will apply.
Walk to the south for each Laura, a stone
The name on that one to me is unknown.
Turn away from this one as if to deny
Next count paces. c’mon. Give it a try.
Head to the west one step per count
When Pa’s final year is an added amount.
You should see “slim,” on him turn your back
To the North East now steps you must track.
It is Ma’s turn—her numbers united
Getting so close you should be excited.
You should now see to your south, a tree
Covered in pine cones your prize will be.
To your car you should go for stamping and such
So that no one to you will pay attention much.
When you are done be sure to be stealthy
So this box can remain a long time and healthy.
Be sure to cover it and hide it completely
Everything you do should be done discretely.
No box should suffer from improper re-hidation
Lost boxes are such a point of frustration.
Do your part to elongate its life
So future boxers will be spared lost box strife.
Please be sure to let me know
How it is your search did go.
On LBNA use Contact the Placer
So as to leave a bit of a tracer.