Welcome to Homestead National Monument...
The outside of the building resembles a plow...
Uncle Scotty and Aunty Lynette outside the Heritage Center...
Wonder what the old pioneers would think of the technology of today.
The Homestead Act of 1862 opened millions of acres of land
for those in pursuit of the American Dream...
The Homestead Act claimed that any American citizen or intended citizen could claim 160 acres. The photo above is 160 acres of prairie land, much like what some of the new settlers would have claimed. The claimant agreed to improve the land by placing a dwelling and growing crops. After 5 years if the claimant complied and were still on the land they were given a deed to the land by the US government. Only about 1/2 of the settlers were successful. Life on the Prairie was much more difficult than thought.
The cut out area inside the state of Nebraska depicts how much of Nebraska land
was claimed by "Homesteaders"
30 states were involved in the Homestead Act of 1862.
Many women came alone...
Are you a Homestead Descendant??
Inside the Heritage Center
Your little House on the Prairie may have looked like this...
your children may have played with these toys...
Your meals may have been served right here.
A view from your kitchen window.
All of this just 150 years ago!!
Another shot of the Heritage Center
A view of the Prairie from inside the Heritage Center.
I wonder if I would have made it...through the droughts, the bugs, the hardships.
The Pioneers...we owe them so much!!
The Homestead National Monument is located just 4 miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska
For more information click Homestead Monument