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“A Piece of History”

Homestead National Monument of America
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Beatrice
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Owner description: The homestead site of Daniel Freeman, America's first claimant of the 160 acres of free land granted to those willing to help settle the west.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is the 150 year since the Homestead act was signed by President Lincoln and a visit here is a tribute to all those that settled the Mid-west. Worth a visit if you are traveling I-80 its just 40 miles south

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Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Homestead is a quick interesting place. Learned a lot about early homesteaders. Impressed that it also recognized how Indian tribes were cheated by homestead act. Worth the trip.

Thank Tom T
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The Rangers helped us tap into the National Archives and look for relatives who homesteaded. The site is quite robust---last names only give a listing of homesteaders from various states. The archive information can be downloaded to your email and printed out. I downloaded claims, receipts, applications, naturalization documents, and more from my forebearers. Printing these documents is for a fee, but the private agency that controls printing from archives allows 7 days of introductory free printing.
It was a thrill to see photocopies of signatures of my forebearers.

1  Thank kennethloewe
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

This stretch of prairie, log house, trails, and interpretive center are out in the middle of nowhere - but it is a serene place to visit. The interpretive center is well done, and I learned quite a bit about the history of the homestead act and race for land.

I really enjoyed the "graphical" representation of the percentage of each state that was homesteaded. It is outside along the path entering the building.

Don't skip the movie.

Thank barkus1968
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Visited the Homestead National Monument last week with my daughter. We enjoyed the exhibits in the Heritage Center - learned a lot about those that settled much of America. We also hiked for about 40 minutes around the grounds and enjoyed the view of the tall grass prairie and a rare burr oak forest in Nebraska. Well worth a stop to see what the Homestead Act meant to this country.

1  Thank SRohlfing
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