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?
Larry Golden plays the part of Rev.Phillips in this episode. Four years earlier he starred in the controversial opening episode of the final season of Bonanza, "Forever", as the evil villain who brutally murders the young wife of 'Little' Joe Cartwright, played by Michael Landon. 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?
Rock of Ages
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
and music by Thomas Hastings
[sung by the congregation] See more