Midwest Traveler: Pioneer days come alive in Walnut Grove, Minn.

  • by: LISA MEYERS McCLINTICK , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 27, 2014 - 1:24 PM

It’s way past bedtime on a sweltering summer night, but my twin daughters in calico dresses and pushed-aside bonnets sit hunched forward and riveted. In front of us, Laura Ingalls and her family frantically try to snuff out the real flames of a prairie fire before hundreds of spectators at Walnut Grove’s pageant stage. If there’s a place to tap your inner prairie girl, this is it. Long before American Girl dolls were introduced, generations fell in love with real American girl Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the way that Jane Austen fans converge in England, Wilder fans flock here from all corners of the globe.

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