History of: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born February 7, 1867, in a little log house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura's childhood was spent travelling west by covered wagon, to Indian Territory in Kansas, to Grasshopper Country in Minnesota, and then to Dakota Territory, where she met and married Almanzo Wilder.

Laura's daughter Rose grew up listening to her mother's stories of those pioneer days. She urged her mother to write them down so that other children could enjoy them, as well. So in the 1930's and 40's, Laura recorded her memories of those days of long ago in a children's series known as the "Little House" books.

Although Laura died on February 10, 1957, at her home in the Ozarks of Missouri, she and her family will live forever in the hearts of her readers.


Other Links



Today in History  - This website provides excellent information about Laura's family while pioneers in the Dakota Territory.

Little House on the Prairie Homepage - This site has information about the movies, theme songs, casts, and episode guides for the 6 seasons of Little House on the Prairie TV shows; chat rooms about Laura's books and a bookstore.