In 1909, Ed and Alice Brown filed a claim under the Homestead Act for 160 acres in the Badlands of South Dakota. They piled their belongings in a covered wagon and emigrated from Nebraska, arriving at their claim in early autumn. They immediately dug their home into the side of the hill, constructing some outside walls of sod (held together by the entangled roots of prairie grass) and making use of a nearby cottonwood grove for necessary timber.
Amazingly, their original home remains intact. A video at the attraction's visitor center/gift shop does a good job of telling the story of the Browns and of South Dakota homesteaders generally. Interesting photos of the Browns daily life augment the presentation.
You're then free to tour the homestead at your leisure. How comfortable/uncomfortable do you think their dirt-floor dugout home would have been during South Dakota's harsh winter? You might find yourself surprised. Or you may ask what their life was like that drove them to this lifestyle.
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