Publisher description for On the way home : the diary of a trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894 / by Laura Ingalls Wilder ; with a setting by Rose Wilder Lane.


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In 1894, Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband, Almanzo, and their daughter, Rose, packed their belongings into their covered wagon and set out on a journey from De Smet, South Dakota, to Mansfield, Missouri. They heard that the soil there was rich and the crops were bountiful -- it was even called "the Land of the Big Red Apple." With hopes of beginning a new life, the Wilders made their way to the Ozarks of Missouri.

During their journey, Laura kept a detailed diary of events: the cities they passed through, the travelers they encountered on the way, the changing countryside and the trials of an often difficult voyage. Laura's words, preserved in this book, reveal her inner thoughts as she traveled with her family in search of a new home in Mansfield, where Rose would spend her childhood, where Laura would write her Little House books, and where she and Almanzo would remain all the rest of their happy days together.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Missouri River Valley Description and travel Juvenile literature, Frontier and pioneer life Missouri River Valley Juvenile literature, Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957 Diaries Juvenile literature, Missouri River Valley Description and travel, Frontier and pioneer life