Friday Feature – West From Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder

West From Home

Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder
 San Francisco 1915

Many of you, I dare say most of the ladies anyway, have read the Little House books.  Many more have seen the television series.  Several years ago I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in Mansfield, Missouri, and found a new book, letters she wrote home when she took a trip to visit her daugher, Rose Wilder Lane, in San Francisco.  Her husband, Almanzo (Manly), was needed on the farm and urged her to go alone.  She went by train, making new friends along the way,and she wrote many letters home.  Laura was in San Francisco during the 1915 World’s Fair, and reported on the many new and amazing things she saw and experienced. 

One thing that stuck out for me in her narrative was her observations of agriculture and weather along the way.  It would be natural since she and Manly had always lived closed to the land as farmers and as livestock owners.  I thought of this on my recent trip to South Carolina from Ohio.  Being farm people ourselves, along the way we discussed the crops, how dry it was in some spots and how lush in others.  We remarked on horses and cows, soybean and hay fields, and were excited to see the first cotton fields appear in South Carolina.   We counted the hawks in the trees along the roadsides and pointed out every deer.  Does your family do the same?


Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1906

If you love the Little House books, I hope you will read this book.  You will enjoy Laura’s adult adventures as much as those of her childhood!

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Historic Home and Museum
3068 Highway A
Mansfield, MO  67504
(417) 924-3626

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One Response to Friday Feature – West From Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  1. binkybinky says:

    I really must find that book. My sister and I used to love reading the Little House books, and we loved the show as well. Love your post! And thanks for your comment on my blog, I’ll definitely give photography a try now! xo

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