I got some nice comments a while back from Zanariah in Kuala Lumpur. She found me through my post about slough grass and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Last weekend I met my sister in northern Iowa and we got to visit one of the places Laura lived! I thought of you, Zanariah, and took these pictures for you!
Between On the Banks of Plum Creek and By the Shores of Silver Lake, Laura and her family lived in Burr Oak, Iowa. It was a rough time in the Ingalls family and Laura did not write about it in her books, but there is a little museum there now in the hotel building where the family worked. The above photo shows some twisted slough grass like they would have burned in the book, The Long Winter.
There is a book, Old Town in the Green Groves, by Cynthia Rylant, that imagines the time the Ingalls family spent in Burr Oak.
The small museum is located in what was the Masters Hotel. This is how it looks today.
There were a lot of photos of Laura and her family in the museum and the one hour tour was filled with great stories! Now I want to go back and read the books again and read even more about Laura’s life as an adult. Thanks you, Zanariah, for reminding me that these stories are loved the world over!