The Long, Hard Winter of 1880-81 What was it Really Like?
by Dan L White
Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic novel The Long Winter tells the riveting story of the winter of 1880-81 with three day blizzards, forty ton trains stuck in the snow, houses buried in snowdrifts and a town that nearly starved. How much of her story was fact, and how much was fiction? Using newspaper articles, autobiographies and historical accounts, the story of the monster winter of '80-81 is told.