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

Deep Roots in the Earth

 
 
Deep Roots in the Earth Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
1. Deep Roots in the Earth Marker
Inscription.
The most important part of a living prairie is something you can't see without taking a shovel in hand. The dense, interlocking roots of prairie grasses make an underground structure unlike anything seen in the woodlands of the East. The insects, birds, and grazing animals homesteaders first saw on these prairies all depended on the flowering plants and grasses grown in this native plant display and that unseen mat of deep roots.

Beside sod for building homes, how did homesteaders adapt prairie plants for their use?
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 17.439′ N, 96° 50.047′ W. Marker is in Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska, in Gage County. Touch for map. Marker is along the Farm Loop Trail. 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. A Legacy of Change (within shouting distance of this marker); Roads to Success (approx. 0.4 miles away); Daniel and Agnes Freeman (approx. half a mile away); Success Was Only Natural (approx. half a mile away); Homesteading's Legacy is Written on the Land
Deep Roots in the Earth Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
2. Deep Roots in the Earth Marker
Looking southeast. The Homestead Heritage Center is in far distant upper left of photo, looking across the Freeman Homestead.
(approx. half a mile away); A Prairie Reborn (approx. half a mile away); The Homestead Heritage Center (approx. half a mile away); Is All Barbed Wire the Same? (approx. half a mile 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 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Sod Homes: Be It Ever So Humble. (Submitted on September 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Prairie Preservation. (Submitted on September 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Sod Wall Construction. (Submitted on September 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. The Physical Environment of the Great Plains. (Submitted on September 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentMan-Made FeaturesNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Photo on Deep Roots in the Earth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Photo on Deep Roots in the Earth Marker
Background photo showing cut sod
Deep Roots in the Earth Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, undated
4. Deep Roots in the Earth Marker Detail
[Caption reads] Extensive root systems made for strong buildings.
Photo on Deep Roots in the Earth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
5. Photo on Deep Roots in the Earth Marker
[Caption reads] American Indians like the Omaha built large earth lodges.
Photo on Deep Roots in the Earth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
6. Photo on Deep Roots in the Earth Marker
[Caption reads] Homesteaders cut sod and built houses.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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