De Smet South Dakota was the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It was a sixty mile drive to De Smet. Everywhere you go is always a long, straight drive. The TV series from 1974 was based upon her book, Little House on the Prairie, among many other books. The family lived in a few surrounding states but De Smet was their main home. We toured the existing buildings in town and heard their story from the tour guide. They had a hard life. The TV series was not filmed here.
|The Ingalls lived in this house when first arriving at De Smet. |
The surveyors work for the railroad but had left town.
|Our tour guide in the Surveyors House.|
|Our guide explaining the first town school building.|
|1886 Prairie Schooner|
|Laura Ingalls at age 15 taught school for a short time in the Webster School |
(replica of original).
|Pa Ingalls built this house where family lived until death.|
|Original photo of Ma Ingalls sitting in this corner of the parlor.|
|Many items in the house are not original but this was built by Pa Ingalls.|
|Mary Ingalls, Laura's sister, went blind from meningitis. |
This was part of the TV series.
|Bible in brail.|
|Not the Ingall's property but an old abandoned house along the highway. |
There are others still standing as you drive through the country.
|Farmers, we assume, bail hay along the highways. |
A good deal for farmers and SD does not need to mow the grass.
The roads in South Dakota are great.