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Near Beatrice 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.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCharity & Public WorkGovernment & Politics
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Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 40° 17.143′ N, 96° 49.568′ W. Marker is near Beatrice, Nebraska, in Gage County. Marker is along the Visitor Center entrance path. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8523 West Nebraska Hwy 4, Beatrice NE 68310, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Homestead Heritage Center (within shouting distance 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beatrice.
 
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
Do You Live Near a Homestead? Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
2. Do You Live Near a Homestead? Marker
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.)
 
Do You Live Near a Homestead? Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
4. Homesteading Proportions of Nebraska & Kansas
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 533 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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