In 1876, when Laura was nine years old, the Ingalls family left Walnut Grove, Minnesota, after suffering through two years of grasshopper plagues. They traveled to Burr Oak, Iowa, to help manage the Masters Hotel, owned by their friend, William Steadman, also from Walnut Grove. Burr Oak is often referred to as “The Missing Link” in the Little House book series.

The Masters Hotel is the only childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder that remains on its original site. It is registered on the National Register of Historical Places.

 The Masters Hotel

Home of the Ingalls Family 1876 - 1877

Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum

In the News

Laura Ingalls Wilder will join the famed Butter Cow at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.  A butter likeness of Laura Ingalls Wilder will be the companion sculpture to the butter cow in 2017. This year marks her 150th birthday. The Iowa State Fair runs from August 10th - 20th in Des Moines, IA.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum

3603 236th Ave.

Burr Oak, Iowa 52101

Phone: 563-735-5916

museum@lauraingallswilder.us