Ward’s (then known as Couse Hardware) in De Smet, S.Dak., was important to the Ingalls family when they lived in the town.
Laura’s father owned a store that, after being moved, would have been located where the smaller building on the left of this modern-day picture now stands. Pa’s store was originally located facing west, where the larger building stands in this picture.
The Loftus Store, with the red false front, can be seen in the middle of this modern-day photo.
This building stands on the northeast corner of Calumet and Second in De Smet, S.Dak. It stood, in remarkably similar condition, there when Laura lived in the town.
A view of the Big Slough in De Smet, S.Dak., that was so prevalent in Laura’s life