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Homestead National Monument of America in Gage County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Do You Live Near a Homestead?

 
 
Do You Live Near a Homestead? Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
1. Do You Live Near a Homestead? Marker
Inscription.
There’s a good chance you do – Homesteading reached three of every five states. Is yours among them?

The Homestead Act of 1862 offered people 160 acres of free land – if they were willing to live on it, farm it, and build a home. This map shows the 30 homesteading states in which the government gave away 270 million acres. On the wall each state has a cutout that represents the proportion of homesteading land in that state. Can you see where homesteading was most important?

One hundred years ago the Congress passed the Homestead Act, probably the single greatest stimulus to national development ever enacted. Under the impetus of that Act and other laws, more than 1.1 billion acres…have been transferred to private and non-federal public ownership.
President John F. Kennedy, 1962
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 17.143′ N, 96° 49.568′ W. Marker is in Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska, in Gage County. Click for map. Marker is along the Visitor Center entrance path. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8523 West Nebraska Hwy 4, Beatrice NE 68310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Homestead Heritage Center (within shouting distance
Do You Live Near a Homestead? Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
2. Do You Live Near a Homestead? Marker
of this marker); Walk in Their Shoes (within shouting distance of this marker); Homesteading's Legacy is Written on the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); A Prairie Reborn (within shouting distance of this marker); Is All Barbed Wire the Same? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Daniel and Agnes Freeman (about 400 feet away); Close Quarters (about 400 feet away); Boundaries of Freedom (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Homestead National Monument of America.
 
Also see . . .
1. Homestead National Monument of America. (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Homestead Act. Part of the 100 Milestone Documents series (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Primary Documents in American History: Homestead Act. (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureCharity & Public WorkPoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
Do You Live Near a Homestead? Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, undated
3. Do You Live Near a Homestead? Map on Marker
Homesteading Proportions of Nebraska & Kansas image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
4. Homesteading Proportions of Nebraska & Kansas
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 332 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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