De Smet, South Dakota

 

 

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A full moon shines over the former Ingalls’ property at dusk just outside De Smet.

 

 

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The Ingalls’ homestead just outside of De Smet, now open as a tourist attraction.

 

 

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A wide view of the former Ingalls homestead.

 

 

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A claim shanty typical of the kind used in the late 1800’s. Note the newspapers serving as insulation.

 

 

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The former Ingalls property now offers overnight camping.

 

 

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The original Surveyors’ House, where the Ingalls family stayed their first winter in De Smet (described in the book “By the Shores of Silver Lake”).

 

 

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The home in town where Ma, Pa, Mary, Carrie and Grace moved shortly after Laura and Almanzo got married.

 

 

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A replica of the Brewster School, where Laura taught when she was only 15 years old.

 

 

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The De Smet school attended by Laura, her sisters and her friends is still standing.

 

 

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A sod home of the sort that the Ingalls family lived in for part of their time in Minnesota (described in the book “On the Banks of Plum Creek”).