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Prairie Homestead, SD

The Prairie Homestead is one of the very few sod dwellings intact today. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's cultural resources worthy of preservation. In 1974 the Prairie Homestead was placed on this list. This sod dugout was built by Mr. & Mrs. Ed Brown. They were early pioneers who came west looking for land where they could fulfill their dreams. When they reached the grassy prairies near the Badlands they filed on this 160 acres.

The homesteaders' living conditions in the early 1900s were similar to the conditions found in the Eastern United States 200 years earlier. However humble, it was their own and it was home. Many good pioneers survived this kind of living.

The Prairie Homestead is located at the North East entrance to the Badlands National park. The Homestead was restored in 1962 by Keith and Dorothy Crew.
entrance to the prairie homestead
entrance to the prairie homestead
first peek at the homestead
first peek at the homestead
authentic little house on the prairie
authentic little house on the prairie
buggy
buggy
Edgar I Brown, typical sod house homesteader
Edgar I Brown, typical sod house homesteader
looking in from the outside
looking in from the outside
a seat by the fireplace
a seat by the fireplace
pump organ (traporreltjie)*
pump organ (traporreltjie)*
homestead living room
homestead living room
singer sewing machine
singer sewing machine
homestead kitchen
homestead kitchen
kitchen  shelf
kitchen shelf
washboard
washboard
kitchen
kitchen
kitchen odds and ends
kitchen odds and ends
wood burning stove
wood burning stove
De Laval Cream Seperators
De Laval Cream Seperators
seperator
seperator
wallpaper prairie style
wallpaper prairie style
hand cranked roller press
hand cranked roller press
bedroom
bedroom
bedside lamp on the prairie
bedside lamp on the prairie
vanity in a prairie bedroom
vanity in a prairie bedroom
rocking chair
rocking chair
chicken crossing
chicken crossing
food caves sign
food caves sign
entrance to dugout pantry
entrance to dugout pantry
outhouse
outhouse
whoops! caught with his pants down
whoops! caught with his pants down
wagon
wagon
hoe
hoe