Have you gone looking for the Big Woods?
Although, it shares a name with Laura’s book, this state park actually was named as the only remnant of Big Woods in its area. The Big Woods in this area covered about 5,000 acres when permenant settlers arrived in 1854. It features 1,280 acres of land and was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 1945. It remains today a good example of the Big Woods which once covered much of the northern states. It has sugar maples, basswood, elms, green ash, and Ironwood trees. There are also 50 varities of wildflowers and many varities of ferns and mushrooms.
Although it doesn’t take its name from Laura’s title, it does come from the same source and I think the park will be well worth a visit.
UPDATED March 9 2018: I added my current signature block.
Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at…
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