By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House #5)
Pa heads west to the unsettled wilderness of the Dakota Territory. When Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and Grace join him, they become the first settlers in the town of DeSmet. And Pa begins work on the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the shores of Silver Lake.
By the Shores of Silver Lake is a fantastic book.
If you haven't read it yet read it! This book is great because it shows us what the old pioneers used to have to live like. Things were very different then. They had a totally different lifestyle and that is why you should read this book, something new and fresh to read!
Laura Ingalls Wilder was a wonderful author she portrays all of the little house book in the exact way that the events occured in real times and shows you everything so detailed that you could see it yourself!
I recomend this book to anyone and everyone!
The Ingalls family took a homestead in Dakota Territory in 1879. Pa had been offered a job with the Chicago and North Western Railroad as storekeeper and timekeeper for the men working on the grade. He worked for the railroad all summer while the rest of the family stayed in Walnut Grove.
Ma and the girls then rode the train to Tracy, Minnesota, where Pa met them with the wagon and took them the rest of the way to the railroad camp at the present location of Brookings, South Dakota. The family followed the railroad west until they arrived at the present site of De Smet. Here, work on the grade stopped for the winter. The surveyors for the railroad allowed the Ingalls family to live in their house on Silver Lake for the winter if Pa would take care of their tools.
In the spring of 1880, Pa filed on a homestead claim near Silver Lake, just outside of the site laid out for the town. That spring and summer, the town grew, and Pa built a store building in town while the lots were available, as well as a claim shanty on the homestead
As a big fan of the Little House series, I'd recommend all of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, but "By the Shores of Silver Lake" is when the series really gets interesting. Heading into her teens, Laura is faced with the responsibility of acting as the eyes for her sister Mary, who recently went blind, and assisting her mother on the family's journey west to Dakota Territory. It will be the pioneering family's final move, and Laura's experience in the vast and (for awhile) desolate prairie are wonderfully rendered. A great glimpse at history and a charming tale of family.