Big Prairie, Little Houses

  • Start: Owatonna, MN
  • End: Walnut Grove, MN
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:34
  • Total Mileage: 108 Miles
  • Number of stops: 6


They rumbled out of the eastern woodlands and onto the vast expanse of the North American plain. In their covered wagons, America's settlers carried families and children, a few meager supplies, and the traditions of an older world. In southern Minnesota, where the forest gave way to an endless sea of grass, they constructed sod huts and carved small farms into the earth. Across the region today, you can visit those earliest shelters, farms, community buildings, and homes. For a true pioneer experience, you can even sleep in one. Encounter the challenges of life in the little houses that in only 100 years evolved into the modern world. Given the legendary ferocity of Minnesota's winters, it's no surprise that most of this tour's stops are closed during the cold season. Please note their opening and closing dates.

Stop #1:

Village of Yesteryear
Owatonna, MN

Stop #2:

Waseca, MN

Stop #3:

Harkin Store
New Ulm, MN

Stop #4:

McCone Sod House
Sanborn, MN

Stop #5:

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
Walnut Grove, MN

Stop #6:

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant
Walnut Grove, MN

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