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

Close Quarters

 
 
Close Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
1. Close Quarters Marker
Inscription.
George W. Palmer built this log cabin in 1867 in Logan Township, Nebraska, some 14 miles from Beatrice. He used oak, ash, and other hardwoods cut from the banks of Bear Creek for his cabin walls. He made the brick in the gable ends by hand.

Palmer proved up on his homestead claim in 1875. Along with his wife and five children, he had built a home, planted crops, and lived on the land for five years as required by the Homestead Act.

In 1880 Palmer added a lean-to kitchen. The family had grown by five more children. Imagine a family of twelve living in a space the size of today's average family room. How would you make it through a long rainy day?

The Palmers lived in this cabin another 15 years. Prior to 1900 Lawrence and Ida Epard acquired the farm and lived there for 40 years.

How might close living affect a homesteader's struggle for success?

Homesteading families spent most of their time outdoors working. The cabin was only used as a place to eat, sleep, and get out of bad weather.

[Diagram caption reads]
Palmer's original cabin was 14 feet wide by 16 feet long. This cabin was moved to Homestead National Monument of America in 1950.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 
Close Quarters Cabin and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
2. Close Quarters Cabin and Marker
17.085′ N, 96° 49.612′ W. Marker is in Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska, in Gage County. Click for map. 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. Boundaries of Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Is All Barbed Wire the Same? (within shouting distance of this marker); Homesteading's Legacy is Written on the Land (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Prairie Reborn (about 300 feet away); Walk in Their Shoes (about 300 feet away); The Homestead Heritage Center (about 400 feet away); Do You Live Near a Homestead? (about 400 feet away); Success Was Only Natural (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Homestead National Monument of America.
 
Also see . . .  Homestead National Monument of America. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Illustration on Close Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, unknown
3. Illustration on Close Quarters Marker
Close Quarters Floor Plan on Marker image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, undated
4. Close Quarters Floor Plan on Marker
Interior of Palmer Homestead Cabin image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
5. Interior of Palmer Homestead Cabin
Interior of Palmer Homestead Cabin image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
6. Interior of Palmer Homestead Cabin
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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