Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder (HM6HD)

Location: Pepin, WI 54759 Pepin County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 26.552', W 92° 9.145'

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This park is named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "Little House" books which were awarded a medal in 1954 as "lasting contributions to children's literature." Laura Ingalls was born in a log cabin seven miles northwest of here February 7, 1867.

In the 1870s her parents moved the family to Kansas Territory, then to Minnesota and finally to South Dakota. At 15 Laura was teaching school and three years later married Almanzo Wilder. They lived for awhile in South Dakota before settling on a farm near Mansfield, Missouri.

Mrs. Wilder began her writing career when she was sixty-five. First in the series of eight books was "Little House in the Big Woods," describing her experiences here in the Pepin area. The book was an immediate success.

The author was surprised at her success and told an interviewer after writing her first book, "I thought that would end it. But what do you think? Children who read it wrote to me begging for more. I was amazed because I didn't know how to write. I went to little red schoolhouses all over the West and I never was graduated from anything." She died in 1957.
HM NumberHM6HD
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number118
Year Placed1962
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 3:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 567447 N 4921375
Decimal Degrees44.44253333, -92.15241667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 26.552', W 92° 9.145'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 26' 33.12" N, 92° 9' 8.70" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800-898 WI-35, Pepin WI 54759, US
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