Little House on the Prairie: Season 3, Episode 21

Gold Country (4 Apr. 1977)

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When a particularly rainy growing season in Walnut Grove destroys any hope of a harvest the Ingalls and the Edwards families set out on a 400 mile trip to the Dakota gold fields, hoping to ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
E.J. André ...
Ben Griffin
Wil Albert ...
Mr. Delano
Larry Golden ...
Robert Forward ...
Brian Part ...


When a particularly rainy growing season in Walnut Grove destroys any hope of a harvest the Ingalls and the Edwards families set out on a 400 mile trip to the Dakota gold fields, hoping to pan enough gold to see them through the cold Minnesota winter. There they meet other families with similar hopes and dreams as well as those who will stop at nothing to acquire the wealth they desire. Can Charles and Isaiah keep their families safe and reach their goal in this wild and dangerous country? Written by shepherd1138

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4 April 1977 (USA)  »

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The morning after the rain stopped, Charles jumps out of the wagon. The grass is dry and appears not to even have any ill effects of the two-month long rain. See more »


Isaiah Edwards: Listen here, I got this little bit of money here. I can take it in there and double it up. It wouldn't take me more than ten minutes.
Charles Ingalls: It wouldn't take you more than ten minutes to loose it.
Isaiah Edwards: Oh, at least let's go in and take a look around.
Charles Ingalls: Oh, you go ahead. I'll tell Grace where you are. She'll be happy to hear about it.
Isaiah Edwards: Oh no. Hold it, hold it... Maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all.
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Good but out of character
9 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I always enjoyed this part. I thought it was a nice break from the dealings with the Olsen's, Pa not having to pennies to rub together, and Mary and Laura going to school all year round. But in truth, traveling 200 miles searching for gold was a bit out of character for the level- headed, hard-working farmer.

I've watched this episode lots of times, but I never realized how unbelievable the rain was. They said it rained for two months if I understand. My eleven year old son saw that part today and asked, "Then where's the flood?" He's right. With that much rain you'd think there would be standing water. Also, when they wake up on the first dry day, the grass seems dry...

The story itself is interesting. The Pioneers travel to the wild West. Opposite of all those 50's and 60's westerns we all love, I think it showed a very rough town. At lease those westerns showed the good side of towns out west. Of course neither Caroline or Grace enjoyed the harshness of the town. I enjoyed seeing the west, though.

Isaiah was pretty cool in this episode. I loved the relationship he and Grace has. The children, of course, were every curious of all the new things and met the old man in the old house who has his own sad story to tell - a story we'll hear more about in the next episode...

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