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

Walk in Their Shoes

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
1. Walk in Their Shoes Marker
Inscription.
What was it like to be a homesteaders? To get an idea, take a walk. The flags around the parking lot enclose an acre.

It may not seem huge. But plowing an acre meant walking about 10 miles. Over uneven soil. Driving a team of oxen. In sun or rain. Walk that acre. Then multiple it by 160, the size of a typical homestead.

There seemed to be nothing to see; no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields…There was nothing but land; not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.
Willa Cather, My Antonia, 1918
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 17.126′ N, 96° 49.582′ W. Marker is in Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska, in Gage County. Touch for map. Marker is along the walking path from the parking lot to the Heritage Center. 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 of this marker); Do You Live Near a Homestead? (within shouting distance of this marker); Homesteading's Legacy is Written on the Land (within shouting distance
Walk in Their Shoes Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
2. Walk in Their Shoes Marker
of this marker); A Prairie Reborn (within shouting distance of this marker); Is All Barbed Wire the Same? (within shouting distance of this marker); Close Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boundaries of Freedom (about 300 feet away); Daniel and Agnes Freeman (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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 Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Bear Creek Homestead History. (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Frontier House - A Reality Show About Homesteading in the 1880s. (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Peaceful Lane: One Family's Efforts to Live Off the Land. (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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