chapter  5
Letter from San Francisco
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In 1915, Rose Wilder Lane was living in San Francisco, working as a freelance writer, selling real estate, and rapidly tiring of her husband, Gillette Lane. Lane begged her mother to visit her in California. Wilder agreed and used the trip as an opportunity to cover the Panama-Pacific International Exposition for the Missouri Ruralist . She made the long solo journey by train, but wrote almost daily to Almanzo at Rocky Ridge, describing the heady excitement of her discoveries as she waded in the Pacific, sampled dim sum in Chinatown, and explored the exotic, newly rebuilt city by cable car.