I remember Michael Landon on the Ponderosa. I thought he had lost it when he starred in ‘The little House on the Prairie’. But bringing Laura Ingles Wilder’s stories of Prairie life alive was a hit.
Mellissa Gilbert was wonderful playing Laura. One of the problems of being portrayed, the actress actually becomes the other person in ‘The eyes of the audience, us.’
We learned this when we stopped by DeSmit, South Dakota. In DeSmit the focus is on the real Laura Ingles Wilder not the Laura of the TV Series. But to me some one is missing the boat for PR, Like it or not, The rest of the world knows this family as Laura Ingles Family:
This is the real Charles and Caroline ingles.
And below, this is the Real Laura Ingals Wilder the famous writer:
But to us who watched TV, This is Laura Ingles. with very good casting I think.
We enjoyed our (2) stops at DeSmit, SD. I learned a lot and it is very interesting to learn more of the real life of Laura and her family.
This was a house that Pa built.
This was the Surveyors house. He let the Ingles live in it over the BAD winter. Laura recorded that this had saved their lives, the old cabin on the hill could not have been heated thru that tough winter.
These trees still stand that Pa planted. the monument on the hill (and below) is where the little house on the Prairie stood.
I love history, and I enjoyed the TV series. It is hard for us who did not know Laura as the famous writer, to picture anyone other than Melissa Gilbert when we hear “Half Pint”.
If you would ever get to South Dakota, DeSmit is a nice respite. You can go a little further and take in the Corn Palace and the Badlands.
1940 Ford Convertable