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White Prairie Dog

Original Sod House

Cozy Room


The Brown’s prairie homestead is the original home. Few homes have survived and it is an excellent example of sod homes dug into the ground against hills due to the lack of building material. The amended Homestead Act of 1900 allowed a homesteader to pay 50cents for 160 acres and only have to plow 5 acres for crops. After 18 months he owned the land. Because of the harsh area only about eight cows could survive on 160 acres. Many sodbusters went broke. The present land hold has cultivated a very unusual village of “white” prairie dogs. He is getting older and it makes you wonder who will keep up this piece of history.



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