Near Beatrice in Gage County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
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.
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Palmer's original cabin was 14 feet wide by 16 feet long. This cabin was
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 40° 17.085′ N, 96° 49.612′ W. Marker is near Beatrice, Nebraska, in Gage County. 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. 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beatrice.
Also see . . . Homestead National Monument of America. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 496 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.