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De Smet is a center of heritages, recreation, industry, and trade. Six of author Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books are set in and around De Smet. They include:

  • By the Shores of Silver Lake
  • The Long Winter
  • Little Town on the Prairie
  • These Happy Golden Years
  • The First Four Years
  • On the Way Home

We are near the birthplace of Harvey Dunn, a famous prairie painter. Thousands come each year, from all over the world, to visit our "Little Town on the Prairie".

De Smet became the seat of Kingsbury county in 1880. The Population is approximately 1300. De Smet is located 90 miles northwest of Sioux Falls, SD. It is served by east-west U.S. Highway 14 and north-south Highway 25.

De Smet Attractions

Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Ingalls-Wilder sites and the hosting of Laura's readers. The Society welcomes you to visit the two original homes of the Ingalls family.

Ingalls Homestead
Ingalls Homestead is the home to many Little House stories. Covered Wagon Rides, an 1880's school session, and authentic pioneering activities take place daily.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant

Loftus Store

Depot Museum

De Smet Cemetery


  • Oxbow Restaurant - 1-800-854-9988
  • Cowboy Country Store - 1-605-854-3553
  • Ward's Store and Bakery - 605-854-3688
  • Dairy Queen - 1-605-854-9000
  • Maynard's Grocery - 1-605-854-3432
  • Wheatie's Sports Bar - 1-605-854-3715
  • Grumpy's Bar & Grille - 1-605-854-9344
  • Dugout Lounge - 1-605-854-9171
  • Main Stop - 1-605-854-9200


  • Prairie House Manor B&B - 605-854-9131
  • Heritage House B&B - 605-854-9370
  • Super Deluxe Inn & Suites - 605-854-9388
  • Cottage Inn Motel - 605-854-3396
  • Prairie Retreat - 1-605-625-5085


  • Ingalls Homestead - 605-854-3984
  • Lake Thompson Rec. Area - 1-605-847-4893
  • Washington Park - 1-605-854-3731

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 605-854-3773.

Quick Contact

The Loftus Store
205 Calumet Ave SW
De Smet, SD 57231
Send us an email.

Store Hours

Monday - Friday:
9am to 5:00pm
10am to 2pm

Extended hours During the Pageant weekends.

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