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

Success Was Only Natural

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
1. Success Was Only Natural Marker
Inscription.
Here, in the middle of this restored prairie, you can imagine what homesteaders experienced when they first came to their land - listen to the birds and insects, smell cottonwood in the air, feel the richness of the soil, see the variety nature has to offer.

Daniel Freeman had a claim that other homesteaders would envy. Legend says that Freeman, a Civil War soldier, found this plot of land while scouting for the Union Army in Nebraska in 1862. He chose land rich with resources - a creek for water, trees for a home, lush grasses for pastures, and good soil for crops.

Many homesteaders did not find such wealth on their land. They picked their plot from a map on a wall in a United States land office, making their best guess for a place that would provide enough to make a bountiful new life on the plains.

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In Montana and much of the West land was stark, flat, and even more exposed to the elements than here in Nebraska. People had little to support them while they struggled to survive.

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U.S. land offices were scattered across the country. When Daniel Freeman arrived, the closest land office was in Brownville, Nebraska. Can you select a plot of land from this map that will make for a successful homestead? Look for creeks where trees and
Success Was Only Natural Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
2. Success Was Only Natural Marker
Homestead Heritage Center in background. Looking northeast.
water might be found.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 17.104′ N, 96° 49.717′ W. Marker is in Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska, in Gage County. Touch for map. Marker is along the Upland Prairie Loop Trail west of the Homestead 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. Boundaries of Freedom (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Is All Barbed Wire the Same? (about 500 feet away); Close Quarters (about 500 feet away); Homesteading's Legacy is Written on the Land (about 500 feet away); A Prairie Reborn (about 500 feet away); The Homestead Heritage Center (about 600 feet away); Walk in Their Shoes (about 600 feet away); Daniel and Agnes Freeman (about 700 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 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. BLM Official Federal Land Records Site. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Success Was Only Natural Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
3. Success Was Only Natural Marker
Looking southwest
Map on Success Was Only Natural Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
4. Map on Success Was Only Natural Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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