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
Did You Know?
This is the last episode the Edwards' family appear as neighbors in Walnut Grove. Some will make guest appearances in future seasons before Victor French makes his return for the final season. See more
Zachariah claimed to have dug the two mines twenty years earlier (in the early 1860s, therefore). However, the Dakota Gold Rush did not begin until 1874, and no shaft mining - as opposed to placer mining - took place before the Homestake Mine in 1876. The Black Hills generally were closed to non-Indians before 1874. 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
Written by Robert Lowry
[sung by the congregation] See more