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Laura Ingalls Wilder was born 150 years ago – and people still love her

Her novels have sold about 60 million copies.
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Tuesday marks the 150th birthday of one of the Midwest's most beloved authors.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in a log cabin near Pepin, Wisconsin, on Feb. 7, 1867. That cabin later became the focus of The Little House in the Big Woods, one of nine books in Wilder's popular Little House on the Prairie series, which she based on her life.

Wilder's writing has entertained generations of readers as well as countless fans of the television show adapted from her books.

If you somehow got through childhood without being exposed to either, the Ingalls were pioneers just trying to survive in 19th-century America – a time where kids looked forward to the one peppermint stick they got at Christmas and made balloons out of pig bladders for fun (yes, those are real stories from the series).

Wilder's books detail her family's journey as they traveled all over the Midwest in the 1800s, facing obstacles that kept them moving. The Minnesota Historical Society says part of the family's time was spent in Minnesota, from 1874 to 1880.

There's even a Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, where the family once tried to build a homestead.

While her first novel was published in 1932, Wilder's writing is still popular to this day. According to the New York Times, her books have sold about 60 million copies, and new editions continue to be printed. Meanwhile, re-runs of the 1970s TV show have still never gone off the air.

MPR notes that Wilder's story is so popular it has been translated into more than 40 languages, and there's even a Japanese anime cartoon series based on her books.

In celebration of her 150th birthday, The Washington Post says people are traveling along the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway, stopping at various homesites and museums dedicated to her life.

If you want join in on the fun, here are some of the attractions close to home.

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