Walnut Grove Depot

You never know what you’ll come across when you are searching the web. When I was looking for something else entirely I found this page of old (circa 1920s) family photos of Revere, MN. Not only is that just down the road from Walnut Grove, but that’s also where the depot that now is part of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum came from in the early 1980s. It was a hard trip, it even fell off into the ditch once along the way, but it finally made it and has put in years of faithful service. It’s current the red buidling with the Laura displays.

A sign in front of the red Depot museum.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Depot in Walnut Grove

So when I saw the name Revere, Minnesota I just had to check out the photos and low and behold, there was the depot in its original location. You can see it the best in the photo on the right in the second row. Take time to stay and look at a typical Midwestern small town from that time (note the wooden grain elevator like those in an earlier post).

http://tinyurl.com/d684bo

It makes me think, go ahead and follow the rules of good photography and get close up photos of people by all means, but don’t forget to take some really wide shots, too. It’s been my experience that even family members in years to come will be just interested in that. (Oh, look it’s Aunt Jean’s kitchen! That’s before we took the playhouse down. Remember sitting under that old tree before the ice storm?) So make sure you are taking some of those type of photos for the future too.

UPDATED September 24 2016: I put in a couple of slight edits added my current siganture block and the photo.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

2 thoughts on “Walnut Grove Depot”

  1. Hey, thanks for the link! I so totally agree about getting wide shots: If you ever want to know anything about your home town, it seems the only place to see it is in those wide-vista postcards. Photos from the time rarely include much outside of the subject. Be a good photographer and get lots of establishing shots – you never know when you might miss something you didn’t realize you were photographing in the background! It might turn out that your memories, thirty years from now, are more fond of the billboard or car in the background than the person in the foreground 🙂

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