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As her books attest, beloved writer Laura Ingalls Wilder moved frequently during her early years. She and her family dwelt in this modest house, described in "By the Shores of Silver Lake," during the winter of 1879 to 1880 while Pa finished construction of their nearby homestead. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society of De Smet now maintains the Surveyors' House, along with several other nearby sites related to the Wilder family, and has lovingly restored the properties to their charming original appearances.
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