Iconic location of ‘Little House on the Prairie’ then and now

‘Little House on the Prairie’ was a TV show that meant so much to so many people. The beloved characters and family farm life were embraced by American viewers. Did you watch every episode of this iconic show?

A video compilation shows the scenic locations from the show in then-and-now shots. First, you see the classic set pieces built on the land, and then, you are shown the landscape without the farms and other sets.

The set was built on Big Sky Ranch in California, but it was inspired by Walnut Grove. The American Western historical drama starred Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson.

It showed family living in Plum Creek, near Walnut Grove, Minnesota, through the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s. The popular show is an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best-selling series of ‘Little House’ books.

The series’ star Michael Landon was approached about directing the two-hour motion picture pilot. He agreed under the premise that he could star as the lead character, Charles Ingalls.

The series made its debut on September 11, 1974, and aired until 1982. It was filmed at Walnut Grove, planted in 1874, and named for the black walnut trees near the original town site. The location is now the site of the ‘Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum.’

Wilder and her family lived in the area for a part of her childhood. Wilder’s father was the community’s first justice, and her brother was born there. The production team tried to achieve the same look found in the real Walnut Grove. The pictures will make you nostalgic for the great episodes of ‘Little House on the Prairie.’

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