Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum expands to share its culture, history

Burr Oak, Iowa –  A historic Northeast Iowa landmark attraction is expanding.  If you’re a history buff or a North Iowa tractor rider, you might just know what it is.

Burr Oak is home to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum and they’ve acquired  new property.

In December, the museum acquired the Burr Oak mercantile building from its owners.

Built in 1908, the mercantile building gives the attraction the opportunity to expand even though the Ingalls family lived in Burr Oak from 1876 to 1877. Offices and the museum’s gift shop are currently housed in the Burr Oak Savings Bank, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.

The goal is to restore the mercantile building for the museum’s gift shop and offices and the bank will be converted to a history center.

The museum attracts 6,000 guests from every state in May through October.  It’s a non-profit organization with limited funds.  Log on to


Kellan Heavican

News & Sports Director

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