Marker 118: Laura Ingalls Wilder

© Photographed September 13, 2013
Erected 1962 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Pepin, Pepin County, Wisconsin
44° 26.552′ N, 92° 9.145′ W

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.
The marker is located at Laura Ingalls Wilder Park on The Great River Road (State Highway 35), north of its intersection with Washington Street,  Pepin, Wisconsin 54759.

I arrived on Friday, September 13, 2013, as the people of Pepin were preparing for the annual "Laura Days" Festival. I returned on Saturday, September 14, 2013, as the festival was in full swing. Those photos follow below.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Festival: September 13 & 14, 2014

Laura Ingalls Wilder Biography

Wikipedia: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder Photos

Association for Library Service to Children: About the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

The Village of Pepin, Wisconsin

Circa 1894 (approximately 27 years old)
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Saturday, September 14, 2013, as "Laura Days" was in full swing . . .

Love those marker readers!!

 Contestants in the fiddle contest . . .
(they were really good!!)

 Signage leading to marker location . . .

The marker is located on Great River Road Wisconsin.

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