We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Walk where Laura walked!

The family who now owns the land charges a mere $5 per car to visit the Banks of Plum Creek where... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
Sydney, Australia
via mobile
So neat to visit if you have read the book!

If you have read "On the Banks of Plum Creek" then this is a must see location. It is on private... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Winchester, Kentucky
Read all 39 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
This recessed mark in the land that was once a dugout, served as the home of Laura Ingalls and family.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good35%
  • Average20%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“big rock” (4 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Walnut Grove, MN
Write a Review
Reviews (39)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 38 reviews

Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

The family who now owns the land charges a mere $5 per car to visit the Banks of Plum Creek where the Ingalls family lived. It is well worth it. There is a lovely picnic area set up where guests can take in the lovely...More

Thank WanderLust406
Reviewed 17 August 2017

If you have read "On the Banks of Plum Creek" then this is a must see location. It is on private property, but the owners allow you to visit for a small per person fee. Ample parking and a picnic area if you desire. They...More

1  Thank Love2TravelUS
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

This is the actual location where Charles Ingalls made the family's dugout. It's land owned by a family who bought it to farm and later learned it had belonged to the Ingalls family. They preserved the area, added some signs, and charge $5 per carload...More

Thank Kristalmelbye
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

If you were a fan of the show Little House on the Prairie then this is a place that you will love. Their original belongings are present and you can see the places that Laura wrote about in her books.

1  Thank Dee S
Reviewed 14 August 2016

We should have read articles better, we were disappointed that there is only a hole in the ground with a sign. It was however quite pleasant eating our picnic lunch out under the trees by the Plum River on the provided picnic tables! It is...More

1  Thank SJPRINT
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Nice place to visit for the historic value. Be aware that there isn't much left of the original dug out home other then a depression on the side hill. Still worth the stop.

1  Thank borgmaul
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

I've been a fan of the Little House books (and show) since I was a kid. I'm currently reading On the Banks of Plum Creek with my five year old daughter and it was very exciting to see the area that was in the books...More

2  Thank Laura G
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Wonderful to see the site, the grasses and flowers. Beautiful creek you can dip your feet into. Dugout site, but no actual dugout.

Thank Brenda P
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Ok It's not much to see but it is gorgeous and very informative and true book or tv fans should go check it out. The house (not related to the Ingalls or the show) on the property is beautiful. Being able to tour the property...More

Thank dwightd1
Reviewed 3 May 2016

The house is ruins, which is written, but you actually wouldn't see it if there was no sign, unlike some other ruins. The landscape sure is pretty though. The creek is very peaceful.

Thank Kimberlytartine
Nearby Restaurants
Nellie's Cafe
25 reviews
2.70 km away
Roadhouse Bar and Grill
8 reviews
23.69 km away
Lakeside Hideaway
34 reviews
25.56 km away
Shady Drive Inn
5 reviews
26.34 km away
Nearby Attractions
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
115 reviews
2.89 km away
Wheels Across the Prairie Museum
5 reviews
14.47 km away
Lake Shetek State Park
28 reviews
24.43 km away
Sod House on the Prairie
18 reviews
28.33 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Michelle G
18 April 2017|
Response from MTBARK |
DeSmet, ND at least that is what the kiosk says at the DeSmet site.
Cathleen P
12 July 2016|
Response from Brenda P | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure which homestead this is referring to. Sites in Desmet are either on a non busy city street, or at a large farm so I would say yes depending on how busy the area was. You could even park a ways and walk some... More
3 October 2015|
Response from Joe L | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I do not understand your question or what you are wanting. Joe L.