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Walnut Grove

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Walnut Grove is a city in Redwood County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 871 at the 2010 census. Another name formerly associated with the area is "Walnut Station".HistoryWalnut Grove was platted in 1874. It was named for a grove of black walnut trees near the original town site. It was incorporated in 1879.Walnut Grove is the home of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, dedicated to the author of the Little House on the Prairie books. Wilder and her family lived in the area for a part of her childhood and the location is used as the setting for the Plum Creek part of the Little House book series. Charles Ingalls, her father, was the community's first justice and her only brother, Charles Frederic 'Freddy' Ingalls (November 1, 1875 – August 27, 1876), was born in Walnut Grove. The name "Walnut Grove" was also used in the Little House on the Prairie television series; however, the program was filmed in California.Walnut Grove gained more than 250 new residents between 2001 and 2006. The new residents are Hmong immigrants and their families. The influx of people has increased the population to nearly 900, and Hmong now comprise 42 percent of the students in the Westbrook-Walnut Grove School District.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.06sqmi, all of it land.
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