Prairie Homestead

Dug into the prairie hillside
Imagine a yard full of these critters. How would she keep a kitchen garden going?
Chicken coop
Grandchild with a flock of chickens
Feeling sunny 🌞
Old Bones
Antique kerosene stove stored in barn
Kettle used to render meats and boil laundry etc
Calendar plate from the year the Homestead was claimed
Laundry bluing to brighten whites
Floor of packed dirt and salt
Past through from dug out sod house to addition
Wonder how many critters came through at times?
The original “grub box” the couple brought from Nebraska
Mason jars padded with denim for the trip
Nice place to rock and rest
Mr Brown with grandchild
Mr & Mrs Bown and their batchelor son who started the Homestead in their 50s!
1956 photo of Mr & Mrs Crew who spent their married life restoring and offering tours of the homestead

We can only imagine the difficulties these homesteaders faced out on the open prairie. The extremes in temperatures, the harshness of the land, lack of water, isolation, extreme hard labor, almost constant wind, and lack of medical care. We can understand why almost 80% just gave up on this “free” land. $18.00 filing fee got you a grubstake of 160 acres. Some folks were motivated and sturdy enough to stick it out, like the Browns. A very interesting look into their lives at Prairie Homestead just outside the entry to Badlands National Park.

Published by karenebarker

Free Range Human traveling North America by RV with her Beloved

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