Lauramania: A Tour of De Smet, South Dakota

By Teresa Bergen

I was halfway through the tour before I realized I’d read the wrong Little House book to prepare for my trip. My ignorance felt like something to hide in Laura-crazed De Smet, South Dakota, population 1200, which bills itself as the Little Town on the Prairie.

As any self-respecting Laura Ingalls Wilder fan knows, Laura was born in 1867. Her journey started in Pepin, Wisconsin, as documented in Little House in the Big Woods. The family cover-wagoned to Kansas in Little House on the Prairie, homesteading until being booted out of Kansas for building in Indian territory. T...

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