December 7, 2013

Longest Winter on the Prairie

Winter could be truly challenging for settlers on the Great Plains, and few were worse than the winter of 1881. Using Laura Ingalls Wilder's book "The Longest Winter," I excerpted parts of the book and found research comparing the actual winter of 1881 to Laura's recollections. Turns out she was spot-on correct in describing the incredible storms and blizzards though she wrote the book nearly 40 years after she experienced that winter as a 13-year-old girl on the prairie.

Winter, 2013

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