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“pleasant surprise!”
Review of Masters Hotel

Winnipeg, Canada
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69 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“pleasant surprise!”
Reviewed July 26, 2011

We visited Burr Oak on our Little House tour, not sure there would be much there. Glad we made the stop! The Ingalls family lived in Burr Oak for about a year and Laura didn't write about it in her books, but the old Masters Hotel where they stayed and worked still stands and has been completely restored. It is a delight to see, and visitors can actually enter all the rooms (ie they're not roped off). I was even allowed to play the old pump organ, which actually works. Our tour guide was excellent and explained the history of the hotel and the Ingalls' family sojourn there. Most of the museum's collection is not originals of the Ingalls' family , but it is from the era and we were amazed at how much there was. They do have original possessions which belonged to the school teacher who taught Laura, and Mary's school records from the College for the Blind. Across the street from the hotel is a small gift shop housed in an old bank building.

Visited July 2011
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Portland, Oregon
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“Another "must see" when in Iowa”
Reviewed July 15, 2011

This was the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She moved there with her family when she was 9 years old and stayed for only a year. The tour lasts about 45 minutes, thee is a small gift shop at the Bank/Post Office across the street. The bank was the original one during the time Laura lived there. It has the bank vault with the safe deposit boxes still intact. This is located about 10 minutes out of Decorah, Iowa.

Visited July 2011
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