The Ingalls and the Edwards strike gold on their Dakota claim and, as the men work at extracting the ore, Caroline and Grace start a school for the miners' children with the help of the local minister, Reverend Phillips. But even as the families try to lead a normal life, greed, the bane of the gold rush, raises its ugly head. Caroline is alarmed when even Charles is unable to define how much gold is 'enough' and when Laura's discovery of an old miner's secret results in murder and betrayal the Walnut Grove residents begin to question their motives for staying any longer in this dangerous country. Written by
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'Gold Country' originally aired as a two hour episode. In syndication it's split into two parts, and part 2 re-uses the opening theme from episode one, guest crediting actor Richard Bull
as 'Town Folk' even though he isn't present. The credits for producers, writers and director is omitted after the opening theme, leaving them uncredited. See more
Charles, you're not going to work on the Lord's Day!
The sooner we get rich, the sooner the Reverend will have the Lord's church. It's almost like doing the Lord's work, isn't it?
Shall We Gather at the River
[sung by the congregation] See more