On the banks of Plum Creek

I so enjoyed reading the Little House on the Prairie books to my daughters when they were the ages of the children in the stories.

Book 4 of the series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Book 4 of the series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

This past weekend we drove by several prairies through which Plum Creek flows, the same Plum Creek featured in one of the “Little House” books, where the Ingalls family built a dug-out home in a steep prairie hillside.

It may have been wooded along the creek when Laura lived there, as it is today.

It may have been wooded along Plum Creek when Laura lived there, as it is today.

The prairies near Laura’s dugout house on the banks of the creek may have looked like this:

This looks just like the prairie hill the Ingalls girls ran down at the beginning of each show.

This looks just like the prairie hill the Ingalls girls ran down at the beginning of each show.

For comparison, check out this (unfortunately, very poor quality) video of the opening minute of a typical episode. It’s not easy to run down a prairie hill — there are lots of obstacles.

6 thoughts on “On the banks of Plum Creek

  1. We enjoyed reading those books to our daughter when she was that age too. Actually, she’s still pretty close to that age. A couple of years ago we drove to Almanzo Wilder’s boyhood home in Upstate NY. We were on the way somewhere else, but made a point of going through that area so we could stop. They have a museum there. We all very much enjoyed our visit.

    • We didn’t have time on this visit, but apparently they have reconstructed one of the dug-out houses near where the Ingalls lived: one room, dirt floor, grassy roof, etc. The town of Walnut Grove is also nearby — featured in the TV show, but not really mentioned in her stories.

  2. Thank you for posting this wonderful article. I really enjoyed reading this series of books as a child and for some reason, On the Banks of Plum Creek always stood out as my favorite. The pictures you posted take me back and make the story that much more real 🙂

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