Homestead National Monument of America in Gage County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Do You Live Near a Homestead?
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 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 Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. The Homestead Act. Part of the 100 Milestone Documents series (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Primary Documents in American History: Homestead Act. (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.