Plum Creek (Cottonwood River)

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Coordinates: 44°14′57″N 95°27′50″W / 44.2492°N 95.4639°W / 44.2492; -95.4639

Ingalls Family Dugout Site on the banks of Plum Creek
the stream runs north-west from Walnut Grove

Plum Creek[1] is a 35.4-mile-long (57.0 km)[2] stream near the city of Walnut Grove, Minnesota. It passes to the northwest of the town, flowing northeasterly to the Cottonwood River, with its waters then flowing to the Minnesota River and eventually the Mississippi River. Plum Creek lends its name to a regional library network.


Plum Creek was so named on account of the wild plum trees along its course.[3]

It is known for being close to the homestead of the Ingalls family of Little House on the Prairie fame, and features in the book On the Banks of Plum Creek. It is also mentioned in the sixth Little House on the Prairie book.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Plum Creek (Cottonwood River)
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed October 5, 2012
  3. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 454.

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