"Prairie Homestead" Philip by Rabbityama

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What's so Special About it?

The Prairie Homestead was originally the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown who homesteaded here from 1909 to 1949. The homestead is the original, and is set up inside the way a homesteader would have made their home. The home is dug into the side of a hill, because the original homesteaders could not afford to build extravagant houses.

The House

This particular homestead was built by Mr. Brown from cottonwood logs. He used buffalo grass sod to build the upper walls of his house. All of the sod is original except the sod around the windows, which replaced with sod from the same place Mr. Brown gathered his sod from. The house was perfect, because it was cool in summer and warm in the winter. He also had a cave and chicken house dug into other banks. The cave acted as a refrigerator for the Browns, so they could store things such as milk and food.

Homesteads are a big part of the history of the American West however, there are very few of originals (and even replications) left in America, which is what makes this homestead such a treasure!

The Prairie Dogs

The prairie dogs, that tourists love just as much as the historical house (they are quite cute and fun to watch), have been there since before the homesteaders. Once the homesteaders arrived, the prairie dog population grew even more, and today you can see them when you visit the homestead!

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  • Pros:Almost completely original piece of history, Prairie dogs
  • Last visit to Philip: Dec 1995
  • Intro Written Feb 24, 2006
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