In a log
cabin near Pepin, Wisconsin, on February 7, 1867 Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born. Her parents were Charles Phillip Ingalls and Caroline Quiner Ingalls. They possessed a pioneering spirit that urged them ever westward, to lands of promise and hope.
Yes, Laura wrote about the travels of a pioneer girl, but most importantly she made the journey herself. Laura’s childhood memories served far more than just a colorful backdrop to a young girl’s coming-of-age story. Her vivid accounts paint an accurate picture of life from the 1870s -1890s. Laura truly lived a pioneer life, and through her writings of the Little House books we are better able to understand the lives of common people of her generation, particularly during the time of westward expansion in America.
Laura’s stories of her travels take us from the time when she was born in Pepin, Wisconsin, on February 7, 1867 to 1894 when Almanzo, Laura and Rose settled on Rocky Ridge Farm near Mansfield, Missouri. It was here, the last of Laura’s homes, where she wrote in the Little House books about the places she grew up.