Beatrice in Gage County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Homesteading: The Cry was Free Land!!!
The Homestead Act of 1862 was one of the most significant and enduring events in the westward expansion of the United States. By granting 160 acres of free land to claimants, it allowed nearly any man or woman the chance to live the American dream. The Homestead National Monument of America is located on one of the first claims filed under the Homestead Act four miles west of Heritage Highway on State Highway 4.
There were 2 millioin claims filed under the Homestead Act of 1862 in 30 states. This law provided 270,000,000 acres to individuals. You'll find many more homesteading stories along Heritage Highway including Coryell Park near Auburn, and Willa Cather in Red Cloud.
Erected by Heritage Highway U.S. Highway 136 Byway.
Location. 40° 15.963′ N, 96° 45.128′ W. Marker is in Beatrice, Nebraska, in Gage County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Street (U.S. 136) and 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west on Court Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beatrice NE 68310, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroads: Union Pacific & Burlington Northern (here, next to this marker); The De Roin & Oregon Trails River Town Development (here, next to this marker); Founding of Beatrice, Nebraska Territory (within shouting distance of this marker); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); Gage County Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Civil War and Spanish War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Beatrice Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beatrice.
Also see . . .
1. Homestead National Monument of America. (Submitted on September 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Nebraska's Heritage Highway - U.S. Highway 136. (Submitted on September 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Homestead Act: Primary Documents in American History. (Submitted on September 26, 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 385 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.