National Monument of America
1936: National Monument
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteFree Land! Who could resist the lure? The United States in the middle of the 19th century had a problem -- How to convince settlers to brave the wild interior of the continent, settle the land, and cement the US's claim to the vast prairie? The answer, of course, was to give it away!
What You're Going to SeeThe Daniel Freeman Homestead dates from January 1, 1863, the first day the Act took effect. Although it's impossible to prove if this was in fact the first Homestead ever, it's certainly one of the first. A visitors center offers an eighteen-minute video presentation, along with displays of historic objects and pictures showing life during hte homesteading years. A cabin dating from 1867 is near the visitors center as well.
Personal ObservationsSomeday, folks, someday.
Getting ThereFrom Omaha, take I-80 southwest 45 miles to Lincoln. Take US 77 south for 41 miles to Beatrice. Take Highway 4 west for 4.5 miles to the Monument.
Nearby AttractionsThe nearest attraction is Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, about 100 miles to the southeast in Topeka, Kansas.