W. Wilson Rawls lived in Idaho Falls from 1958 to 1975. During this time, he wrote the children’s classic, Where the Red Fern Grows. To commemorate his work, donors from around the country funded the creation of a statue featuring Billy Coleman and his two hounds. This statue, created by local Idaho Falls artist, Marilyn Hansen, is located in front of the Idaho Falls Public Library.
Information on this page comes from materials collected by Madelaine Love in 1997 for the Woodrow Wilson Rawls: Dreams Can Come True research project. This project was funded by the a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council and the Idaho Falls Public Library. The original interview recordings and transcripts with Love are house in the Idaho Falls Public Library’s Idaho Room. They are used with permission on this site. Any use of this material without permission is forbidden.
“Dreams Can Come True” (biographical sketch)
“Childhood Memories Relived” (newspaper article)
Photo Album – Dreams Can Come True
Rawls and Where the Red Fern Grows (the movie)
A message to those who want to be writers
Mr. Rawl’s obituary (Post Register)
Bibliography and Notes
Commemorative statue at the IFPL
Pictures of the Wilson Rawls Memorial Statue