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Section 2: Settling on the Great Plains

The Internet contains a wealth of information, but sometimes it's a little tricky to find what you need. By using the preselected Web sites provided below you will be able to narrow your search, answer assigned questions, and save precious time. Simply follow the links to find valuable research materials and activity support. There's a lot of information in here, happy hunting!

A Vast Sea of Grass—Nebraska's Vanished Prairies http://www.beatricene.com/ gagecountymuseum/ Prairie.htm
Detailed information about the prairies, with links to information about soddies and homesteading.

Homestead History http://www.pbs.org/ wnet/ frontierhouse/ frontierlife/ essay1.html
Introduction to homesteading and the Homestead Act.

Inside a Sod House http://geogweb.berkeley.edu:80/ GeoImages/ Starrs/ SODHOUSE.html
Photograph of the inside of a sod house, with a brief description.